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Tim Winton

2019
Sally Robinson

synthetic polymer paint on canvas (unframed: 149 cm x 107 cm)

West Australian Tim Winton is the author of 29 books, with his work translated into 28 languages. He has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award a record four times and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Most of his novels have been adapted for stage and screen. Listed as a Living Treasure by the National Trust, Winton has long been active in the environmental and social justice spaces. The background text in this portrait is an extract from Winton's essay 'The Wait and the Flow', from his autobiographical collection The Boy Behind the Curtain.

Darling Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Annual Appeal 2020
© Sally Robinson

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Artist and subject

Sally Robinson (age 67 in 2019)

Tim Winton (age 59 in 2019)

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