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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.

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen
Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen
Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Isaac Wakil AO 2019

Xini and Billy, 2006 by Jiawei Shen

Shen Jiawei

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Shen Jiawei was born in China. During the Cultural Revolution he laboured in the Great Northern Wilderness, but even as he worked there, he gained recognition as an artist. 

Jiawei Shen, 2011 Gary Grealy
Jiawei Shen, 2011 Gary Grealy
Jiawei Shen, 2011 Gary Grealy

Jiawei Shen, 2011 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Dr Gene Sherman AM 2016

Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Gordon Darling by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

Interview with Jiawei Shen video: 2 minutes

Princess Mary

Portrait story

Artist Jiawei Shen describes the symbolism in his portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight
Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight
Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight

Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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Jiawei Shen, 2004 R. Ian Lloyd

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of R. Ian Lloyd 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight

Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Mundango Charitable Trust and Claudia Hyles 2006

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Australian Princess

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2005

The full-length portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark by artist Jiawei Shen, has become a destination piece for visitors.

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, black pastel on brown paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2005 Jiawei Shen
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2005 Jiawei Shen
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2005 Jiawei Shen

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2005 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen

Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, brown chalk and pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

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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.