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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Errol Flynn, 1938 (printed 2008)

George Hurrell

gelatin silver photograph on paper (image/sheet: 36.0 cm x 28.5 cm)

‘By instinct I’m an adventurer; by choice I’d like to be a writer; by pure, unadulterated luck, I’m an actor’ is Errol Flynn’s often quoted reflection on his career. Hollywood glamour photographer George Hurrell captured Flynn at his very best, eliminating his flaws through his use of high contrast and sharp focus to emphasise his chiselled jaw, groomed moustache and suave demeanour. Flynn’s on-and-off screen personas merged to create a personal mythology of a freedom-loving rebel who wins the hearts of damsels.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Michael Desmond 2012

Accession number: 2012.21

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

George Hurrell (age 34 in 1938)

Errol Flynn (age 29 in 1938)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2009 by Nikki Toole
Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2009 by Nikki Toole
Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2009 by Nikki Toole
Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2009 by Nikki Toole

Skater

Portraits by Nikki Toole

Previous exhibition, 2012

Nikki Toole has travelled the world to photograph skateboarders.

Lucy, 2001
Lucy, 2001
Lucy, 2001
Lucy, 2001

Present Tense

An Imagined Grammar of Portraiture in the Digital Age

Previous exhibition, 2010

Technology has been a major influence on art since the invention of the camera, particularly in the field of portraiture.

Aung San Suu, 2009 by Shepard Fairey
Aung San Suu, 2009 by Shepard Fairey
Aung San Suu, 2009 by Shepard Fairey
Aung San Suu, 2009 by Shepard Fairey

OBEY

Shepard Fairey Posters

Previous exhibition, 2009

Shepard Fairey is best known for his iconic poster Obama/Hope which he made in support of Barack Obama for the 2008 US election.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.