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Helen Garner

Helen Garner

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1982

True Stories - Helen Garner

Jenny Sages

Paths to Portraiture
Previous exhibition, 2010

The exhibition Sages examines the process of portrait making through four large-scale portraits of women by Jenny Sages, paired with intimate preparatory drawings.

Study (a) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (a) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (a) for portrait of Helen Garner

Study (a) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, charcoal, pencil and oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J Sages Family Trust 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study (b) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (b) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (b) for portrait of Helen Garner

Study (b) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, charcoal, pencil and oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J Sages Family Trust 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study (c) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (c) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (c) for portrait of Helen Garner

Study (c) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, charcoal, pencil and oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J Sages Family Trust 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study (d) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (d) for portrait of Helen Garner
Study (d) for portrait of Helen Garner

Study (d) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, charcoal, pencil and oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J Sages Family Trust 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dame Mary Gilmore

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner

Study for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2007

Helen Garner
Helen Garner
Helen Garner

Helen Garner, 2004

Julian Kingma
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

True Stories - Helen Garner

True Stories

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

The story behind the creation of the portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages.

Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner

Study for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, pastel over digital print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

True Stories - Helen Garner
True Stories - Helen Garner
True Stories - Helen Garner

True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003

Jenny Sages
Portrait, encaustic, oil and pigment on composition board

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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