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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.

Linda and Binni, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1984 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley

inkjet print on paper (frame: 43.1 cm x 54.0 cm, image: 41.0 cm x 51.5 cm)

The Hon. Linda Jean Burney (b.1957) is a Wiradjuri woman and was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the New South Wales Parliament, in which she became Deputy Leader of the Opposition and held shadow portfolios including Family and Community Services, Aboriginal Affairs, Sport and Recreation. In 2016 she resigned from her state post to become the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Burney worked as a teacher, education policy adviser and as Director General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs before being elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Canterbury (NSW) in 2003. Between 2007 and 2009, she held Ministerial positions in the NSW Labor Government including Fair Trading, Youth and Volunteering, Community Services, the State Plan and as Coordinating Minister for the Department of Human Services. She has been a member of the National Social Justice Task Force of ATSIC and the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, and has represented Aboriginal Australians at the United Nations. Burney holds an honorary doctorate from Charles Sturt University. She was one of Riley’s closest and earliest friends in Sydney.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Accession number: 2013.50.2

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Michael Riley (age 24 in 1984)

Hon. Linda Jean Burney (age 27 in 1984)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

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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.

Michael Riley's portraits video: 4 mins
Michael Riley's portraits video: 4 mins
Michael Riley's portraits video: 4 mins
Michael Riley's portraits video: 4 mins

Michael Riley's portraits

Portrait story

Linda Burney, Brenda Croft and Darrell Sibosado share memories of Michael Riley and his photographic practice.

Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Sophisticated and glamorous

Magazine article by Amanda Rowell, 2015

Michael Riley’s early portraits by Amanda Rowell.

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Bare

Degrees of undress

Previous exhibition, 2015

Bare: Degrees of undress celebrates the candid, contrived, natural, sexy, ironic, beautiful, and fascinating in Australian portraiture that shows a bit of skin. 

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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.