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3 Mordants

2011
Adam Cullen

oil on canvas (183.0 cm x 183.0 cm)

Simon Mordant AM (b. 1959) is Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Greenhill & Co.,Inc, an independent investment banking and corporate advisory firm. Having trained as a chartered accountant in London, he began working in Australia in 1983 and in partnership in 1999 established his own business, Caliburn, which merged with Greenhill & Co.,Inc in 2010. A leading corporate advisor, Mordant is also a philanthropist with a substantial history of benefaction to the arts. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the MCA Foundation, re-established to raise funds for the $53 million redevelopment of the institution. He and his wife, Catriona (b. 1957) donated $15 million to the project, and the new wing of the MCA, which opened in 2012, is named after them. In 2010, Mordant was appointed Chairman of the Board of the MCA Australia. He is the Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2015. Among a number of public roles, Mordant is a Director of the ABC, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Garvan Research Foundation; and a member of the International Councils of museums such as MOMA and Tate. In 2012, he was made an AM for services to the arts and the community. Catriona is also a member of the International Council of the Tate Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation and the Board of the Queensland Ballet. Simon and Catriona Mordant were awarded the Australia Business Arts Foundation's Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Leadership Award in 2010. Their son, Angus (b. 1991), is a photojournalist who graduated from RMIT in 2012.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Mordant Family 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Adam Cullen/Copyright Agency, 2021

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Artist and subject

Adam Cullen (age 46 in 2011)

Simon D. Mordant AO (age 52 in 2011)

Catriona Mordant (age 54 in 2011)

Angus Mordant (age 20 in 2011)

Donated by

Simon D. Mordant AO (2 portraits)

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