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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 Mrs Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

Ben Roberts-Smith

Ben Roberts-Smith, 2018

by Julian Kingma
General content

Commissioned in 2018 with funds raised through the 2020 project

Pimple, 2007 by Yang Na

Yang Na

Featured Artists

Born 1983, Chongqing, Sichuan Province. Lives and works in Beijing.

Born 1989 in Beijing (250%), 1995–96 by Liu Wei

Liu Wei

Featured Artists

Born 1965 in Beijing. Lives and works in Beijing.

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

2013-14 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

East Village, Beijing no. 20 (Zhang Huan, 12 Square Metres), 1994 by Rong Rong

Rong Rong

Featured Artists

Born Li Zhirong 1968, Zhangzhou, Fujian Province. Lives and works in Beijing.

Untitled, 1995 by Fang Lijun

Fang Lijun

Featured Artists

Born 1963, Handan, Hebei Province China. Lives and works in Beijing.

Uli Sigg

About the exhibition

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Portraits from the Sigg collection, from 1979 to the present including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.

Red child, 2005 by Zhang Xiaogang

Zhang Xiaogang

Featured Artists

Born 1958, Kunming, Yunnan Province. Lives and works in Beijing.

Reg Richardson AM

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia

9 June 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

She – Unemployed Girl, 2003 by Yu Hong

Yu Hong

Featured Artists

Born 1966 in Beijing, China. Lives and works in Beijing.

Past, present, future, 2002 by Wang Qingsong
M+ Sigg Collection

Chinese Art

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A short overview of modern Chinese art from 1949 to the present.

Dr Claire Roberts

References

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About the exhibition curator Claire Roberts, and writers Eugene Wang and Zhang Letian.

Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem

Icons and Identities

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It’s often thought that foremost among portraiture’s many functions is the documentation of individuals who are celebrated and familiar, or who best exemplify the temper and identity of a certain place at a certain time.

Carol McGregor

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Hastings, New Zealand
Works: Brisbane

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews

It was definitely a candid encounter as was the expression on the face. It was constructed insofar as the image was deliberately taken from a distance so as to minimize intrusion and to magnify the effect of the image.

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