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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.

Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes

Young Mo (Roy Rene) 'The artist's notebook'

Portrait story

An interview with Australian artist and collector of quirky artefacts, Martin Sharp.

Rene Rivkin, Stockbroker Joe Greenberg
Rene Rivkin, Stockbroker Joe Greenberg
Rene Rivkin, Stockbroker Joe Greenberg

Rene Rivkin, Stockbroker, Joe Greenberg

Portrait, watercolour, coloured pencil, crayon and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp
Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp
Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp

Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp

Portrait, oil on galvanised iron

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Wherrett 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Rene Primevere Lesson, c. 1830 Ambroise Tardieu
Rene Primevere Lesson, c. 1830 Ambroise Tardieu
Rene Primevere Lesson, c. 1830 Ambroise Tardieu

Rene Primevere Lesson, c. 1830 Ambroise Tardieu

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The eye and the heart

About Face article

Nici Cumpston immerses herself in the collective vision of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961 William Dargie

Uncommon Australians Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery

Previous exhibition, 1992

In 1988 philanthropists Gordon and Marilyn Darling decided to make an Australian portrait gallery a reality, overseeing the development of the 1992 touring exhibition Uncommon Australians.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews
Writing on the Wall, 2019 Dr Christian Thompson AO

To arrive at hope NPPP 2020 exhibition essay

General content

Penelope Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2020 Prize.

Francis Bacon on Primrose Hill, 1963

Shadows of light

Magazine article by Mark Haworth-Booth, 2002

Mark Haworth-Booth explains why Bill Brandt is one of the most important British photographers of the Twentieth Century.

Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead

Oz and beyond

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Martin Sharp fulfils the Pop art idiom of merging art and life.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

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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.