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Kylie Minogue 2, 2018 (printed 2020)

Nicole Bentley

inkjet print on paper (image: 110.0 cm x 92.6 cm, sheet: 125.5 cm x 112.0 cm)
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Kylie Minogue OBE (b. 1968), entertainment megastar, rose to local and international fame playing Charlene in the television soap Neighbours (she remains the youngest person to have won the Gold Logie). Twenty-five years later, she arguably ranks as the most popular solo female performer of all time. Her singing career began with a cover version of the 1960s song 'The Loco-Motion'. She signed a contract with the English hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman in 1987 and made history by achieving more than 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK. A change of record labels in 1992 ushered in a more sophisticated sound and image, as did her relationship with Michael Hutchence, who boasted of 'corrupting' her. With a sound instinct for re-invention, she has since been involved in some daring collaborations with artists including Nick Cave, Robbie Williams, Japanese pop star Towa Tei, and the Hurts. Apart from Madonna, Minogue is the only performer to have achieved UK number one hits in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Kylie became a prominent survivor of the disease, her ordeal inspiring hope in many other women; she returned to complete her cancelled tour, Showgirl, in 2006.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2020

Accession number: 2020.24

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Artist and subject

Nicole Bentley

Kylie Minogue OBE (age 50 in 2018)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth

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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.