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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.

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 by Imants Tillers

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Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Bednall, Jillian Broadbent AO, John Kaldor AO and Naomi Milgrom AO 2018

The silent spectre of motion (Le spectre silencieux du movement), 2012 video: 6 minutes

The silent spectre of motion (Le spectre silencieux du movement), 2012 by Bridget Walker

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Finalist, iD2012

The Long Awaited, 2008 by Patricia Piccinini

Empathy

More about In the flesh

Patricia Piccinini places empathy at the heart of her practice. The tenderness of the moment dominates.

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen

Twenty new portraits marking Portrait Gallery’s twentieth birthday 21 August 2018

Archived media releases 2018

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s twentieth anniversary as an institution, twenty portraits of outstanding Australian individuals have been commissioned for the permanent collection. This is the largest undertaking for the Gallery’s commissioning program in its twenty-year existence.

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Summertime Fun at the National Portrait Gallery 4 January 2019

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Escape the heat this summer and step inside the National Portrait Gallery for an array of family-fun activities. From storytelling and drawing to music and art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Gallery.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years 18 October 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions.

Basil steps out, 2016 by Kristin Headlam
Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery

Kristin Headlam

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Basil grew into a speckled beauty – a long-legged leaper and an exceptionally vocal dog, with a great register of sounds, ascending in shock value from a whimper to a growl to a bark to a yelp that’s a violation of the ears.

Emitt sitting, 2001 by Lucy Culliton

Lucy Culliton

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Most well-regarded pictures of chickens show them dead. A reliable way to tell if a chicken in a painting is dead is to check if it’s hanging upside down, because unlike, say, cockatoos, chickens don’t practise inversion for enjoyment in life.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

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Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

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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.