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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.

Beach painting, 1966 by Michael Taylor

Living landscape

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2016

Gillian Raymond ponders landscapes as self-portraiture in Michael Taylor’s intimate expressionism.

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.

Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986 Joe Greenberg

Corporate Characters

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

A collection of thirty-seven caricatures by the artist Joe Greenberg capture the heroes and villians of Australian business in the 1980s.

Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman

The Philosophy of Teapots and Ducks

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

Cartoonist Michael Leunig's insights into the human condition and current affairs have become famous Australia-wide.

Barbara Blackman, c. 1953 an unknown artist

Restoring histories

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2004

Photographic conservation practices and the restoration of the Barbara Blackman photographic portrait.

Self portrait, 1948 Grace Cossington Smith

Modern Australian Women

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

Close contemporaries, Thea Proctor, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith were frequently sources of inspiration and irritation to each other. 

Gillian Armstrong, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Gillian Armstrong, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Gillian Armstrong, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Gillian Armstrong, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Gillian Armstrong AM, 1973 Gordon Glenn
Gillian Armstrong AM, 1973 Gordon Glenn
Gillian Armstrong AM, 1973 Gordon Glenn

Gillian Armstrong AM, 1973 Gordon Glenn

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist
James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist
James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist

James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lydia Raymond Day 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Raymond Gosford Watt, c. 1936 Rudolph Buchner
Raymond Gosford Watt, c. 1936 Rudolph Buchner
Raymond Gosford Watt, c. 1936 Rudolph Buchner

Raymond Gosford Watt, c. 1936 Rudolph Buchner

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gabrielle Watt 2013

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.

Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

The Winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 is... 2 December 2016

Archived media releases 2016

The winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 has been announced. Congratulations to Amiel Courtin-Wilson for his submission titled Charles.

Headhunt! video: 1 minute 21 seconds

New app gets kids excited about portraits at the National Portrait Gallery 29 May 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has officially launched a new digital interactive Gallery experience called Headhunt!, the first app of its kind being used in museums and galleries. Headhunt! is a tablet-based app for visitors aged 7-15 that encourages children to take the lead and independently explore the Gallery.

Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 video: 2 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2014 22 August 2014

Archived media releases 2014

Press releases for media.

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APS 5 Social media and content coordinator Applications close 5pm Monday 17 August 2020

Employment opportunities

This position is mainly responsible for setting and developing the NPG’s social strategy to increase our reach, nationally and around the world. The applicant’s primary responsibility will be for our social channels, but should also be comfortable in working with the External Relations team on digital channels and managing video content.

Our only concern is the void, 2013 video: 12 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award media information 28 August 2013

Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery recently announced the finalists for the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2013.

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.

Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang

Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

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Claudia Karvan on the set of Love My Way, Jimmy Pozarik

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2007

Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin
Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin
Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin

Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

2015-17 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

From 2015 to 2017 the Acquisition Fund was focussed on Reg Richardson AM by Mitch Cairns, a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014, and a great example of minimalist portraiture.

Maria Windeyer, c.1865-1868 Freeman Brothers
Maria Windeyer, c.1865-1868 Freeman Brothers
Maria Windeyer, c.1865-1868 Freeman Brothers

Maria Windeyer, c.1865-1868 Freeman Brothers

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite on brown paper studio folder

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J.B. Windeyer 2018

Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore
Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore
Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore

Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (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

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2003

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2003

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2003

Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney
Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney
Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney

Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Margaret Fink, 1975 Lewis Morley
Margaret Fink, 1975 Lewis Morley
Margaret Fink, 1975 Lewis Morley

Margaret Fink, 1975 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Self Portrait (Textanude) by Arlene TextaQueen

Animated Self Portraits Online

Previous exhibition, 2008

Animated is the National Portrait Gallery's first online exhibition.

Call for entries – Digital Portraiture Award 5 July 2016

Archived media releases 2016

Today, the National Portrait Gallery has opened the Call for Entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award 2016.

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund for 2012 was dedicated to purchasing a portrait of David Malouf by Rick Amor.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by
Patrick Corrigan AM 2009

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by
Patrick Corrigan AM 2009

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell

The essence of you

Magazine article by Lee Tulloch, 2011

Lee Tulloch remembers her great friend NIDA-trained actor turned photographer Stuart Campbell.

Graeme Murphy, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Graeme Murphy, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Graeme Murphy, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Graeme Murphy, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase
James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase
James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase

James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gillian Appleton (McClelland) 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lottie Lyell as Doreen by Monte Luke

Their brilliant careers

Magazine article by Jenny Gall, 2017

Jenny Gall delves into Starstruck to celebrate some of Australian cinema’s iconic women.

Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester
Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester
Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester

Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester

Portrait, oil and mixed media and hand-stitching on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Feel the music

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian composer Paul Grabowsky by photographer Martin Philbey.

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.

Don Hany

In character on location

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2011

A photograph of Claudia Karvan that blends actor, character, photographer and captures the creative collaboration of the television series Love my way

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.

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.

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.

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.

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Reflections on portraiture

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

An extract from the 2004 Nuala O'Flaaherty Memorial Lecture at the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery in Launceston in which Andrew Sayers reflects on the unique qualities of a portrait gallery.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith

Be bold

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2007

The name of Florence Broadhurst, one of Australia’s most significant wallpaper and textile designers, is now firmly cemented in the canon of Australian art and design.

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.

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.

Mutiny on the Bounty (The Mutineers turning Lieutenant Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship the Bounty), 1790 Robert Dodd

High & Bligh

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Joanna Gilmour explores the 1790 portrait of William Bligh by Robert Dodd.

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.

Louis XVI giving final instructions to the Comte de La Perouse, c. 1785

Sea legged frogs

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes some of the stories of the individuals and incidents that define French exploration of Australia and the Pacific.

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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.