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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.

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.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri

Yolngu boy

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2011

Guy Maestri’s portrait of the musician was conceived after the artist saw Gurrumul perform in Sydney on New Year’s Eve 2008.

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae
The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae
The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae

The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Andrew Lu OAM 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain
Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain
Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rex Dupain 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain
Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain
Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Mr Geoffrey E. Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring
Portrait of Mr Geoffrey E. Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring
Portrait of Mr Geoffrey E. Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring

Portrait of Mr Geoffrey E. Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson
Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson
Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson

Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson

Portrait, oil on canvas board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Geoffrey Tozer 2012

Geoffrey Parsons, 1972 Michael Shannon
Geoffrey Parsons, 1972 Michael Shannon
Geoffrey Parsons, 1972 Michael Shannon

Geoffrey Parsons, 1972 Michael Shannon

Portrait, pastel on paper

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

Geoffrey Dutton - out with the Monarchy, 1977 Frank Hinder
Geoffrey Dutton - out with the Monarchy, 1977 Frank Hinder
Geoffrey Dutton - out with the Monarchy, 1977 Frank Hinder

Geoffrey Dutton - out with the Monarchy, 1977 Frank Hinder

Portrait, pencil, charcoal and pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Enid Hawkins 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

David Helfgott, 1987 Geoffrey McGeachin
David Helfgott, 1987 Geoffrey McGeachin
David Helfgott, 1987 Geoffrey McGeachin

David Helfgott, 1987 Geoffrey McGeachin

Portrait, silver gelatin photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Geoffrey McGeachin 2015

"Poet of the Hawkesbury" Robert Adamson, 2012 Geoffrey Dyer
"Poet of the Hawkesbury" Robert Adamson, 2012 Geoffrey Dyer
"Poet of the Hawkesbury" Robert Adamson, 2012 Geoffrey Dyer

"Poet of the Hawkesbury" Robert Adamson, 2012 Geoffrey Dyer

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Steven Bishop, performer by Nathalie Latham

Here and there

Magazine article by Geoffrey Batchen, 2007

Nathalie Latham's exhibition Australia's Creative Diaspora explores Australians, in the arts, who live and work internationally.

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Two gentlemen celebrating a birthday (Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge), 1974 Bob Jenyns

Portrait, painted wood, denim, wool, plastic, 10 candles

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Frank Watters OAM 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley
Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley
Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley

Portrait, brush and ink, gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley
Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley
Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, 1971 Andrew Sibley

Portrait, brush and ink, gouache and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Keith Laught, 1951 Geoffrey Shedley
Keith Laught, 1951 Geoffrey Shedley
Keith Laught, 1951 Geoffrey Shedley

Keith Laught, 1951 Geoffrey Shedley

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Mary Shedley, Mrs Christine Moriarty, Mrs Josephine Lawrence and Mrs Helen Beare 2010

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Portrait of Dame Roma Mitchell, n.d. Geoffrey Mainwaring

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of friends of Dame Roma Mitchell 2018

Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy
Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy
Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy

Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

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.

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Resilience Indigenous leadership

General content

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

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Protest! How can we dance when our earth is turning?

General content

Rock’s raw potency made it the ideal medium for fomenting protest. The 1970s, 80s and onwards saw calls for social and environmental justice ring out through song.

Wenten Rubuntja, 1998 Greg Weight
Wenten Rubuntja, 1998 Greg Weight
Wenten Rubuntja, 1998 Greg Weight

Wenten Rubuntja, 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

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath
Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath
Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath

Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath

Portrait, bromide fibre print

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Norman McBeath 2011

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

John Tjakamarra, 1974 (printed 2000) Jon Rhodes
John Tjakamarra, 1974 (printed 2000) Jon Rhodes
John Tjakamarra, 1974 (printed 2000) Jon Rhodes

John Tjakamarra, 1974 (printed 2000) Jon Rhodes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Steven Bishop, performer by Nathalie Latham

Australia's Creative Diaspora Photographed by Nathalie Latham

Previous exhibition, 2007

Paris based Australian photographer and filmmaker Nathalie Latham has an ongoing interest in the creative achievements of other Australian artists living in various locations around the globe.

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

Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang
Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang
Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang

Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

NPPP 2009 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2009 Prize.

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott

Thousand Mile Stare Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

Thousand mile stare provides a unique portrait of people of rural Australia

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

Australia has become recognised for the range and talent of its musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities in general associated with the music industry

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

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

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

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.

Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang

POL Portrait of a Generation

Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Damien Parer, c. 1939 Max Dupain

Mirror With A Memory Photographic Portraiture in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2000

This is the first major exhibition to examine photographic portraiture in Australia, from its beginnings in the early 1840s to the present day

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.

Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy
Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy
Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy

Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2014

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.

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.

Portrait of Ninette Dutton, 2004 Dr Bette Mifsud

In a glance

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portrait of Ninette Dutton by Bette Mifsud.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Clifton Pugh Australians

Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson

Face the music

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Face the Music explores the remarkable talents and achievements of Australian musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities associated with the music industry.

Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis

Intense identity

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Chistopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian author Christos Tsiolkas taken by John Tsiavis.

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

The mind's eye

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman takes a trip through the doors of perception, arriving at the junction of surrealism and psychoanalysis.

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.

Janai and Josh, 2011 by Simon Harsent

NPPP 2012 exhibition essay

General content

Joanna Gilmour, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2012 Prize.

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.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Cultural kaleidoscope

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.

Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol

NPPP 2012 learning resource

Learning resource archive

This learning resource for secondary students accompanies the 2012 exhibition which will be touring to various galleries around Australia.

Emmanuel at bedtime, 2011 by George Mifsud

To startle the eye

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Joanna Gilmour previews the 2012 exhibition.

George Tjungurrayi, 2002 Matthys Gerber

Two painters

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2007

Chris Chapman explains how Matthys Gerber bridges the gap between abstraction and portraiture.

Have you forgotten yet? 2014 by Lee Grant

All that fall

Magazine article by Raimond Gaita, 2015

Raimond Gaita comments on war and truth in the context of the First World War.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

General content

Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond profiles a handful of the entrants in first National Photographic Portrait Prize and notes emerging themes and categories.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

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
‘Untitled’ - Yellow Kangaroo Paw, 2008 by Christian Thompson

The 'I' in Indigenous art

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan examines unique styles of Indigenous portraiture that challenge traditional Western concepts of the artform.

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2017

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Profile of a marriage

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the lives of Sir George Grey and his wife Eliza, the subjects of a pair of wax medallions in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

John Monash, 1919 James Quinn

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

Karl James gives short shrift to doubts about the profile of General Sir John Monash.

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.

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts

An actress and her fans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr. Sarah Engledow discovers the amazing life of Ms. Hilda Spong, little remembered star of the stage, who was captured in a portrait by Tom Roberts.

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.