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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.

Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott
Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott
Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott

Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott
Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott
Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott

Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of The Hammond Care Group 1999

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang
Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang
Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eleonora Triguboff 2013

Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute

Adam Scott by Robin Sellick

Portrait story

An interview with photographer Robin Sellick about his portrait of golfing champion Adam Scott.

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Charles Teo by Adam Chang

Portrait story

Dr Charles Teo, high-profile neurosurgeon, describes how it felt to sit for the portrait by Adam Chang.

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Angel Street (Adam Cullen), 2010 Darren McDonald

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones

Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones

Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr
Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr
Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr

Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains, 2005 (printed 2019) George Fetting
Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains, 2005 (printed 2019) George Fetting
Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains, 2005 (printed 2019) George Fetting

Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains, 2005 (printed 2019) George Fetting

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Alan Dodge AM & Neil Archibald 2019

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Adam Rish, 1994 Greg Weight
Adam Rish, 1994 Greg Weight
Adam Rish, 1994 Greg Weight

Adam Rish, 1994 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Adam Cullen, 2000 Gary Grealy
Adam Cullen, 2000 Gary Grealy
Adam Cullen, 2000 Gary Grealy

Adam Cullen, 2000 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Dr Gene Sherman AM and Patrick Corrigan AM 2016

Tony Adam, c. 1968 Janice McIllree
Tony Adam, c. 1968 Janice McIllree
Tony Adam, c. 1968 Janice McIllree

Tony Adam, c. 1968 Janice McIllree

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Janice McIllree 2012

Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen

Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen

Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen

Portrait, spray paint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen

Neil Armfield (study), 2010 Adam Cullen

Portrait, spray paint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen

Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin
Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin
Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin

Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elsie Martin 2000

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

Charles and Adam, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Charles and Adam, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Charles and Adam, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Charles and Adam, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

3 Mordants, 2011 Adam Cullen
3 Mordants, 2011 Adam Cullen
3 Mordants, 2011 Adam Cullen

3 Mordants, 2011 Adam Cullen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Mordant Family 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Resilience Indigenous leadership

General content

Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Neville Bonner, Lowitja O'Donoghue, Mandawuy Yunupingu and Adam Goodes

Jokowi, Indonesia, 2014 by Adam Ferguson

Statement from Mr Angus Trumble 30 April 2015

Archived media releases 2015

Today, Mr Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, expanded on his reasons for removing the photographic portrait of Indonesian President Joko Widodo from exhibition.

Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Beauty and strength Portraits by Michael Riley

Previous exhibition, 2014

Influential Indigenous Australian artist Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) created these portrait photographs between 1984 and 1990 - they stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment.

Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

Collection: Icons Volume One

Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Gazira Babeli

doppelgänger

Previous exhibition, 2009

doppelgänger is the second in a series of virtual exhibitions held by the National Portrait Gallery that explore contemporary notions of portraiture in the online environment.

William Johnson (1873—1948) by Percy Leason

Recognition Percy Leason's Aboriginal Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

Originally conceived as an anthropological record, Percy Leason’s powerful 1934 portraits of Victorian Aboriginal people are today considered to be a highlight of 20th century Australian portraiture

Professor Brian Schmidt, 2015 David Roberts
Professor Brian Schmidt, 2015 David Roberts
Professor Brian Schmidt, 2015 David Roberts

Professor Brian Schmidt, 2015 David Roberts

Portrait, 3 gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2015

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips

Portrait, line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley
Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley
Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Sporting Archibald

Previous exhibition, 2000
Celebrating the focus on sport during 2000, this special exhibition features our national sporting heroes and heroines immortalised on canvas
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

Flash Australian Athletes in Focus

Previous exhibition, 2006

Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

Sisters, 2015 by André Brönnimann

Adam’s Prize Apples

Magazine article by Pamela Gerrish Nunn, 2016

Pamela Gerrish Nunn explores New Zealand’s premium award for portraiture.

Monochromatic Self-Portrait, 2000 by Genevieve Preston

Headspace 1

Previous exhibition, 2000

Headspace showcases portrait art produced by secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 in Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Canberra and its surrounding regions extending to Wollongong, Deniliquin, Leeton, Crookwell, Bombala, Narooma and Albury

Tony Bilson, c. 2005 George Fetting

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

Matthew Burnett, c. 1865 Henry Samuel Sadd
Matthew Burnett, c. 1865 Henry Samuel Sadd
Matthew Burnett, c. 1865 Henry Samuel Sadd

Matthew Burnett, c. 1865 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2015

Artists and guests at the
doppelgnger exhibition
launch on Portrait Island

Virtually human

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2009

Gillian Raymond describes the National Portrait Gallery's second virtual exhibition doppelgänger.

Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize 14 November 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Australian of the Year Inspiring a Nation

Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton

Generous Janice

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow puts four gifts to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection in context.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 8 March 2018

Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

Blue Easel with Jack Drawing, 1996-1999

The man behind the art

Magazine article by Giles Auty, 2002

Giles Auty introduces British painter John Wonnacott who will talk at the National Portrait Gallery on 2 November 2002.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson

Pigeon coup

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Glenn McGrath makes a strong impact on the English batsmen and the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.

Personal Hygiene, 2007

Shifting pixels

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2007

In 2007 the National Portrait Gallery produced its first online exhibition featuring the animated self portraits created by some of Australia’s most innovative visual artists and animators.

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious NPPP 2014 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2014 Prize.

Caroline Pileggi, 2005 Toni Wilkinson

Ready , set... shoot

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

The exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus offers various interpretations of sporting men and women by five Australian photographers.

Mrs Jordan, 1762-1816

One and all

Magazine article by Niamh MacNally, 2007

The current exhibition of portraits at the National Gallery of Ireland Print Gallery investigates just how paper-thin ideas of likeness are.

Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim

Hump days

Magazine article by Jessica Bolton, 2017

Jessica Bolton navigates the parallel tracks documenting Robyn Davidson’s astonishing journey.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Charlie's angles

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2017

Stephen Phillips talks to neurosurgeon Charlie Teo about his practice, perspectives and the anatomy of hope.

Revd Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, c.1795 by Sir Henry Raeburn

Great Scots

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2017

Diana O’Neil samples the tartan treats on offer in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

How the National Portrait Gallery and its unique collection came to be

Woman with Fair Hair and Pink Cardigan, 1949 by John Perceval.

The family scene

Magazine article, 2016

Traudi Allen discovers sensitivity, humour and fine draughtsmanship in the portraiture of John Perceval.

Dave Graney, 1996 Bleddyn Butcher

Naked nostalgia

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist reminisces about the halcyon days of a print icon, before the infusion of the internet’s shades of grey.

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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.