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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.

Deborah Mailman by Evert Ploeg

Portrait story

An interview with artist Evert Ploeg about his portrait of the Australian actor Deborah Mailman.

Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Deborah Mailman, 1999

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on jute

Purchased 2000

Mr Movies - Bill Collins OAM
Mr Movies - Bill Collins OAM
Mr Movies - Bill Collins OAM

Mr Movies - Bill Collins OAM, 2009

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Gift of Joan Collins and the Todd-Wilson family in memory of Bill Collins 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist
John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist
John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist

John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist, 2014

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Harold Mitchell AC

At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO
At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO
At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO

At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO, 2018

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Courtesy of the Australiana Fund

Fred Hilmer
Fred Hilmer
Fred Hilmer

Fred Hilmer, 2018

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Dr Paul Scully-Power
Dr Paul Scully-Power
Dr Paul Scully-Power

Dr Paul Scully-Power, 2005

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with donated funds 2006

Study for commissioned portrait,
Study for commissioned portrait,
Study for commissioned portrait,

Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, print on transparency film

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with the assistance of funds provided by Janet Whiting AM, Philip Lukies and Antonia Syme 2016

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton

Equation of a life – a portrait of Derek Denton

9 September 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The National Portrait Gallery, has welcomed the newest portrait commission of Emeritus Professor Derek Denton AC by Evert Ploeg.

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Commissioned with the assistance of funds provided by Janet Whiting AM, Philip Lukies and Antonia Syme 2016

Fred Hilmer

Fred Hilmer, 2018

by Evert Ploeg
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Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Deborah Mailman

The Secret Life of Deb

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2003

Australian actress Deborah Mailman is the subject of a unique portrait by Evert Ploeg.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand

The private life of a portrait
Previous exhibition, 2020

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester

Spring exhibition program

18 August 2020
Archived media releases 2020

The following on-line and physical exhibitions are planned to open at the National Portrait Gallery in coming months. For those who can’t travel at present, selected works from all exhibitions will be included online

Jessica Mauboy

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.

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