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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.

Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber
Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber
Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber

Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of Alan Dodge AM 2009

Bruce Petty, 2008 Bruce Petty
Bruce Petty, 2008 Bruce Petty
Bruce Petty, 2008 Bruce Petty

Bruce Petty, 2008 Bruce Petty

Portrait, digital animation, colour, with sound, duration 2 minutes, 19 seconds

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2008

Bruce Tyrrell, 1986 (printed 2018) Gary Ede
Bruce Tyrrell, 1986 (printed 2018) Gary Ede
Bruce Tyrrell, 1986 (printed 2018) Gary Ede

Bruce Tyrrell, 1986 (printed 2018) Gary Ede

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Bruce Spence, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Bruce Spence, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Bruce Spence, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Bruce Spence, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald
Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald
Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald

Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Bruno Grollo 1999

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Bruce Goold, 1998 Greg Weight
Bruce Goold, 1998 Greg Weight
Bruce Goold, 1998 Greg Weight

Bruce Goold, 1998 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

Bruce Armstrong, 2001 Greg Weight
Bruce Armstrong, 2001 Greg Weight
Bruce Armstrong, 2001 Greg Weight

Bruce Armstrong, 2001 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

Bruce Dawe, Melbourne, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore
Bruce Dawe, Melbourne, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore
Bruce Dawe, Melbourne, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore

Bruce Dawe, Melbourne, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Bruce Pollard 2, 1979, 1979 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney
Bruce Pollard 2, 1979, 1979 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney
Bruce Pollard 2, 1979, 1979 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney

Bruce Pollard 2, 1979, 1979 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong
Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong
Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong

Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on board

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

Frame from Self portrait, 2008

I walk the line

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Bruce Petty's animated self portrait captures a life's journey compressed into a few minutes.

Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe
Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe
Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe

Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2000

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist

Mugshots

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 Ashtead Potters Limited, Surrey, UK, Percy Metcalfe
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 Ashtead Potters Limited, Surrey, UK, Percy Metcalfe
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 Ashtead Potters Limited, Surrey, UK, Percy Metcalfe

Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 Ashtead Potters Limited, Surrey, UK, Percy Metcalfe

Portrait, glazed ceramic

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011 Helen Edwards
The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011 Helen Edwards
The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011 Helen Edwards

The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011 Helen Edwards

Portrait, synthetic polymer on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Seekers, 1993 Rennie Ellis
The Seekers, 1993 Rennie Ellis
The Seekers, 1993 Rennie Ellis

The Seekers, 1993 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c. 1967 Robert Whitaker
Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c. 1967 Robert Whitaker
Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c. 1967 Robert Whitaker

Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c. 1967 Robert Whitaker

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

Four from the 30s

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Australia's tradition of sculpted portraits stretches back to the early decades of the nineteenth century and continues to sustain a group of dedicated sculptors.

Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Megan Gale, 2002 Ellen Dahl

Glamour vs grunge

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Christopher Chapman examines the battle of glamour vs. grunge which played out in the fashion and advertising of the 1990s.

Portrait 30 December 2008 - February 2009

Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery, Cadel Evans, Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwen, Casey Stoner, Bruce Petty and more.

Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder

Frank and Margel Hinder In Conversation: virtual event

Event, Friday 27 November

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, as she explores the progressive and successful relationship of artists and couple Margel and Frank Hinder.

Free.
Interview with Harry Borden video: 2 minutes

Michael Hutchence by Harry Borden

Portrait story

An interview with photographer Harry Borden about his portrait of Michael Hutchence.

Anne Lambert, actor by Stuart Campbell

Between Light and Shadow Portraits by Stuart Campbell

Previous exhibition, 2011

The late Australian photographer Stuart Campbell produced superb photographs of Australian actors of stage and screen.

Prince William of Wales, by Mario Testino, 2003 publ. September 2003.
Credit: Mario Testino

Vanity Fair Portraits Photographs 1913-2008

Previous exhibition, 2009

Vanity Fair Portraits traces the birth and evolution of photographic portraiture through the archives of Vanity Fair magazine.

Vanity Fair, April, 2004

International issue

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond looks at the history of the Vanity Fair magazine in conjunction with the exhibition Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Australian racing legends and best friends

Devotion

The mane thing is trust

John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis

John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by the Founding Patron, L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2000

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2014

Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux
Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux
Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux

Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis
Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis
Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis

Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland

Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Florence Cardell-Oliver Broothorn Studios
Florence Cardell-Oliver Broothorn Studios
Florence Cardell-Oliver Broothorn Studios

Florence Cardell-Oliver, Broothorn Studios

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper laid on photography studio backing board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Chris Nielsen 2016

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and James Bryans 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Self portrait, c. 1985 Bert Flugelman
Self portrait, c. 1985 Bert Flugelman
Self portrait, c. 1985 Bert Flugelman

Self portrait, c. 1985 Bert Flugelman

Portrait, stainless steel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri

Dr G Yunupingu

Magazine article, 2017

Dr G Yunupingu (1970-2017), a man of the Gumatj clan of north-east Arnhem Land, learned to play guitar, keyboard, drums and didgeridoo as a child.

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott

Rarely Everage The Lives of Barry Humphries

Previous exhibition, 2002

The exhibition begins with Barry's childhood in Camberwell, Melbourne and chronicles his days as a struggling actor in Australia and England, his creation of characters including Barry McKenzie, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Stone and Sir Les Patterson

Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis
Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis
Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis

Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

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Supporters $5,000 - $9,999

Honour board
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins, Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, Rupert Myer AO and Annabel Myer, Louise and Martyn Myer Foundation, Peter and Ruth McMullin, Diana Carlton, Professor Derek Denton AC, Harold Mitchell AC, Peter Jopling AM QC, Andrew and Liz Mackenzie, Patricia Patten, Tamie Fraser AO, Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, Lauraine Diggins, Steven Skala AO and Lousje Skala 2017

Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, 1997

The Vanity model

Magazine article by David Friend, 2009

Vanity Fair Editor David Friend describes how the rebirth of the magazine sated our desire for access into the lives of celebrities and set the standard for the new era of portrait photography.

Rex at Maroubra, 2011

Observation point

Magazine article by Nicholas Harding, 2013

Nicholas Harding describes his enduring fascination with drawing and painting people.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Polly Borland Australians

Previous exhibition, 2001

Polly Borland: Australians, is an exhibition of 54 new portraits of significant Australians who have made a contribution to British life and who have largely made their home or based their professional life in the UK

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist explores the United Nations stories in the Gallery’s collection.

Carol McGregor

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Hastings, New Zealand
Works: Brisbane

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Rennie Ellis Aussies All

Previous exhibition, 2006

Rennie Ellis: Aussies All is a celebration of the life and work of the late Australian photographer Rennie Ellis.

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Peter Porter, 2004 Tony Clark

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and permanent marker on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Michael Kimmelman

Magazine article by Pamela Gray, 2002

Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic of The New York Times and author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere, presented the National Portrait Gallery Third Anniversary Lecture on 2 March 2002. He was generously brought to Australia by the Gordon Darling Foundation and Qantas.

Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane
Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane
Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane

Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2007

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.

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

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.

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Open Air Portraits in the Landscape

Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding 28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon), 1999 Esther Erlich

Desperately seeking Sonia

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2015

Esther Erlich’s portrait of Lady McMahon.

Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant

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

Mrs NR Mackintosh (Anne) by Ruth Hollick

Natural, artistic and unselfconscious

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2016

Angus Trumble gazes at the once bright star of photographer Ruth Hollick.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 (cast 1955-56) Daphne Mayo

In the round

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2009

Andrew Sayers outlines the highlights of the National Portrait Gallery's display of portrait sculpture.

Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

My Favourite Australian

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2009

The Australian public was invited in 2008 to vote for their favourite Australian.  After the votes were tallied an exhibition of the top-ten Popular Australians and the top-twenty unsung heroes was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

Roger Benjamin explores the intriguing union of Lina Bryans and Alex Jelinek.

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Poets' Portraits

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

The Portrait Gallery's paintings of two poets, Les Murray and Peter Porter, demonstrate two very different artists' responses to the challenge of representing more than usually sensitive and imaginative men.

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

Magazine article by Tegan Mcauley, 2015

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

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.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

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.

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford

Speed demon

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Scott Redford discusses his dynamic portrait commission of motorcycling champion and 2008 Young Australian of the Year Casey Stoner.

General Birdwood, the Idol of Anzac, taking a dip in the sea after a hard days work 1915

In the thick of it

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Projecting the splendour of the empire, and the resolve of its subjects, the bust of William Birdwood keeps a stiff upper lip in the National Portrait Gallery.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Australians in Hollywood

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2003

The exhibition Australians in Hollywood celebrated the achievements of Australians in the highly competitive American film industry.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

Studio portrait of servicewoman Lance Corporal Kathleen Jean Mary (Kath) Walker, c.1942

Past present

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2016

Krysia Kitch celebrates Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

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.

NPPP finalists

20 20

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Friends and Acquaintances

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr. Sarah Engledow discusses a collection of drawings and prints by the Victorian artist Rick Amor acquired in 2005.

Dulcie Deamer, c. 1920

Out of the shadows

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour profiles the life and times of the shutter sisters May and Mina Moore.

Emitt sitting, 2001 by Lucy Culliton

Lucy Culliton

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Most well-regarded pictures of chickens show them dead. A reliable way to tell if a chicken in a painting is dead is to check if it’s hanging upside down, because unlike, say, cockatoos, chickens don’t practise inversion for enjoyment in life.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Sarah Engledow ponders the divergent legacies of Messrs Kendall and Lawson.

Dame Mary Gilmore, c. 1938 Lyall Trindall

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits Exhibition essay

General content

Sarah Engledow looks at three decades of Nicholas Harding's portraiture.

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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.