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David Walsh, 2010

Andres Serrano

type C photograph (frame: 165.3 cm x 138.5 cm, image: 152.4 cm x 127.0 cm)

David Walsh (b. 1961), professional gambler, art collector and gallerist, established Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Walsh grew up in the blue-collar Hobart suburb of Glenorchy. After beginning a science degree at the University of Tasmania, he left university, directing his mathematical skills towards various gambling enterprises with his long time business partner Zeljko Ranogajek. The pair’s involvement in poker, blackjack and horseracing brought them renown as gamblers and they became the faces of the Bank Roll, the world’s largest gambling syndicate. Walsh began investing his winnings in art in the early-1990s. In 1995 he bought the Northern-Hobart peninsula of Moorilla, and in 2001 opened the Moorilla Museum of Antiques in the modernist home of the previous owners. During this period he continued to collect antiquities but also invested in contemporary international art. Construction of a new museum on the Moorilla site began in 2009. Three years later MONA opened as Australia’s largest privately-owned collection of art and artefacts on display in a public art museum. The years since have seen a very significant surge in tourism to Hobart.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Accession number: 2014.12

Currently not on display

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Andres Serrano (age 60 in 2010)

David Walsh (age 49 in 2010)

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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.