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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.

Leah King-Smith

Contributing artists

Born: 1957, Gympie, QLD
Works: Brisbane

Extraordinary airmen make aviation history

Passion

Charles is my wingman

Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes

Charles, 2015

by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
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Winner, DPA 2016

Ben Roberts-Smith, 2018

by Julian Kingma
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Commissioned in 2018 with funds raised through the 2020 project

Wild Man, 2005 by Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck

More about In the flesh artists

Ron Mueck grew up in Melbourne and began a career in puppetry and special-effects based in the US and then London. In the mid-1990s Charles Saatchi commissioned four major works including Dead dad, which were exhibited in Saatchi’s exhibition ‘Sensation’ at the Royal Academy, London and which travelled to Berlin and Brooklyn.

Contributing artists

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Find out more from each of the artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

The Winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 is...

2 December 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 has been announced. Congratulations to Amiel Courtin-Wilson for his submission titled Charles.

The Brougham

The Brougham

Beards

A philosopher-style of beard – thick and lengthy; a greyer, hence wiser version of the Burke; and suited to older men who saw themselves as sagacious or statesmanlike.

The Lambert

The Lambert

Beards

Barbering manuals of the turn of the century might describe this style as a ‘Van Dyck’, named after the Dutch painter Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) who is known to have adopted this look.

Literary lovers’ life liaison

Lust

Desire drives forbidden love

New Australians bring creative wealth

Nearest & Dearest

Melbourne’s iconic culture-shapers

Inside Heide’s lives

It's Complicated

Happiness to heartache

Beadle, Winchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Beadles, bellmen and bumbles

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For Dempsey’s people their occasional encounters with state power would have been largely through the local parish, which administered the ‘Old Poor Law’.

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Honour board

In the most correct style

Nearest & Dearest

Desirable outcomes, undesirable origins

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund for 2012 was dedicated to purchasing a portrait of David Malouf by Rick Amor.

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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.

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