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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.

Peter Schipperheyn with bust of Peter Garrett

Peter Schipperheyn

'A quintessential Australian character'
Portrait story

Sculptor Peter Schipperheyn talks about working with marble and his portrait of Peter Garrett.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody

Protest!

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
General content

Rock’s raw potency made it the ideal medium for fomenting protest. The 1970s, 80s and onwards saw calls for social and environmental justice ring out through song.

Guthugga Pipeline, Christmas Show, upstairs, The (old) Griffin Centre, Civic, 22 December 1979. Crowd, L-R : Ben Donaldson, Anne Redmond, Nick Vollis, Esa  Makela, Megan Woodrow (Mohawk), Andy Hall (scarf) 'pling

Capital Cool

Stop in all the byways, playin' rock 'n roll
General content

Outsiders tend to give Canberra a bad rap: sterile, plagued by politicians, a comatose capital for professionals and academics. Nick Cave once said he didn’t like the city because there were too many punks.

Miranda Otto

Eye to eye

Previous exhibition, 2019

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

Bust of Peter Garrett
Bust of Peter Garrett
Bust of Peter Garrett

Bust of Peter Garrett, 1991-2016

Peter Schipperheyn
Portrait, carved marble on Travertine marble base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sydney city (Patrick White and Tom Uren, Hiroshima Day demonstration), 1984

The activist A-list

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow examines a number of figures in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery who were pioneers or substantial supporters of the seminal Australian environmental campaigns of the early 1970s and 1980s.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous

Karin Catt Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

Johnny O'Keefe

Making Portraits

Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions
Previous exhibition, 2004

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

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Peter Garrett, 1999

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground

Seduce and Destroy

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2001

Magda Keaney explores the symbolism in eX de Medici's portrait of Midnight Oil.

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  N.T. Ranger Uranium
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  N.T. Ranger Uranium
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  N.T. Ranger Uranium

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. N.T. Ranger Uranium, 2001

eX de Medici
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. 'Come + see the real thing, come + see' Conquistadors parts Hong. Ranger 3
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. 'Come + see the real thing, come + see' Conquistadors parts Hong. Ranger 3
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. 'Come + see the real thing, come + see' Conquistadors parts Hong. Ranger 3

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. 'Come + see the real thing, come + see' Conquistadors parts Hong. Ranger 3, 2001

eX de Medici
Portrait, mangrove bark pigment and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  M.O. Ranger 3
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  M.O. Ranger 3
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  M.O. Ranger 3

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. M.O. Ranger 3, 2001

eX de Medici
Portrait, watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Head studies
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Head studies
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Head studies

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. Head studies, 2001

eX de Medici
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'., 2001

eX de Medici
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #5 Garrett in landscape
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #5 Garrett in landscape
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #5 Garrett in landscape

Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. Test #5 Garrett in landscape, 2001

eX de Medici
Portrait, watercolour, gouache, mangrove bark pigment with alum on vellum

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

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