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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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Jessica Mauboy

2018
David Rosetzky

gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper (frame: 106.0 cm x 150.0 cm, sheet: 103.5 cm x 147.5 cm)

Jessica Mauboy (b. 1989), Darwin-born singer, songwriter, and actor is a descendant of the KuKu Yalanji nation of Far North Queensland. As a girl, she sang with her mother and father and in a church choir with her grandmother. At the age of fourteen she won a singing competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Two years later, in 2006, she captured national attention as the runner-up on the television program Australian Idol. Having signed to Sony Music Australia, she has so far achieved music sales over 2.8 million units, five top 10 albums, fifteen top 20 singles, four ARIA-accredited platinum selling albums and two ARIA Music Awards. Globally, her songs have been streamed more than 185 million times and her videos have been viewed more than 45 million times. She made her film debut in the Australian film musical Bran Nue Dae (2009); for The Sapphires (2012) she received the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award and the Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2016, Mauboy became the first Indigenous woman to achieve three consecutive weeks at number one for her album The Secret Daughter: Songs from the Original TV Series. In 2014, she became the first non-European solo artist to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark. Frequently characterised as a role model for young Australian women, in 2015 she became an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and in 2018 she was named an Australian tourism ambassador.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Sony Music Entertainment Australia 2018
© David Rosetzky

Artist and subject

David Rosetzky (age 48 in 2018)

Jessica Mauboy (age 29 in 2018)

Supported by

Sony Music Entertainment Australia (1 portrait supported)

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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.

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