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Katrina Power
Katrina Power
Katrina Power

Katrina Power, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

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

Dr Paul Scully-Power, 2005

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by donors 2006

Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 © Nan Goldin

Love scars

Magazine article by Katrina Osborne, 2016

Katrina Osborne immerses herself in one of photography’s most fearless chronicles.

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM

Announcing... Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

30 November 2023
Media

In March 2024, the National Portrait Gallery will launch a major exhibition of the work of Ralph Heimans AM, the Australian artist who’s painted some of the world’s most recognisable people.

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM

Ralph Heimans

Portraiture. Power. Influence.
Current exhibition

The exhibition will feature some of the most significant portraits in the artist’s career to date, from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to his most recent.

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, 2014 Ralph Heimans AM

Portraits of Power: Ralph Heimans tour

Event, Daily until Monday 27 May

Join our professional guides on this 45-minute deep dive into the work of Ralph Heimans, one of Australia’s preeminent portraitists.

Drawing Australia

Drawing power

Magazine article by Eileen Adams, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery joins the Big Draw, a program dedicated to promoting drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

Shall I raise my eyebrows and gasp? (Alex), 2011 by TextaQueen

Pen power

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Politics and personae in the portraiture of TextaQueen by Jane Raffan.

Prime minister, 2018 Mike Bowers

Prime minister, 2018

Mike Bowers
Image
Serenity, 2021 Forough Yavari

Serenity

Forough Yavari
Image
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby

Audio-described tour

Ralph Heimans
Event, Saturday 20 April

Join us as we explore the captivating world of Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence. with audio descriptions for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM

Audio described exhibition portraits

Audio description

Audio descriptions for selected portraits from the exhibition Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

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.

Untitled #1, 2010 by Sean O’Carroll

Untitled #1, 2010

by Sean O’Carroll
Image
Gus and full moon at the farm, 2006 by Amanda James

Gus and full moon at the farm, 2006

by Amanda James
Image

Portrait 41

October - November 2011
Magazine

This issue features Kate Beynon, Philosopher Cynthia Freeland, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, John Tsiavis & Chris Lilley, UK's BP Portrait Award, Purchasing power in colonial Sydney and more.

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