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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.

Ivy Shore, 1961 Graeme Inson
Ivy Shore, 1961 Graeme Inson
Ivy Shore, 1961 Graeme Inson

Ivy Shore, 1961 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Harvey and Russell Shore 2014

Max Meldrum, 1951 Graeme Inson
Max Meldrum, 1951 Graeme Inson
Max Meldrum, 1951 Graeme Inson

Max Meldrum, 1951 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Shirley Greathead 2009

Kevin Weldon, 1978 Graeme Inson
Kevin Weldon, 1978 Graeme Inson
Kevin Weldon, 1978 Graeme Inson

Kevin Weldon, 1978 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Kevin Weldon 2012

Brian Fitzpatrick, 1953 Graeme Inson
Brian Fitzpatrick, 1953 Graeme Inson
Brian Fitzpatrick, 1953 Graeme Inson

Brian Fitzpatrick, 1953 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sheila and David Fitzpatrick in memory of their father 2008

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson
The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson
The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Graeme Dix - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne
Graeme Dix - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne
Graeme Dix - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne

Graeme Dix - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne

Portrait, type C photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2009

Gordon Darling Hall

Portrait of the Gallery

Magazine article by Graeme Dix, 2016

A design diary retrospective.

Graeme Clark video: 4 minutes 44 seconds

Professor Graeme Clark 'Scientific creativity'

Portrait story

Creator of the bionic ear, the Cochlear Implant, Professor Graeme Clark discusses his life and career.

Graeme Murphy AM, 1977 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Graeme Murphy AM, 1977 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Graeme Murphy AM, 1977 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Graeme Murphy AM, 1977 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

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

Cadet with rabbit, 2009 by Graeme Drendel

Graeme Drendel

Explore The Popular Pet Show

I like talking about Drendel’s pictures as if they expressed dreams of my own.

Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson
Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson
Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson

Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson

Portrait, holographic print etched on bronze disk on bronze figurine

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of Ann Lewis AM and the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Graeme Blundell (on bike as Alvin Purple), c. 1973 Rennie Ellis
Graeme Blundell (on bike as Alvin Purple), c. 1973 Rennie Ellis
Graeme Blundell (on bike as Alvin Purple), c. 1973 Rennie Ellis

Graeme Blundell (on bike as Alvin Purple), c. 1973 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Self-portrait in black jumper, 2017 Graeme Drendel

Be frank

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2020

Close encounters are the genesis for Graeme Drendel’s enticing portraiture.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Professor Graeme Clark 2001
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Professor Graeme Clark (profile), 2000 Peter Wegner
Professor Graeme Clark (profile), 2000 Peter Wegner
Professor Graeme Clark (profile), 2000 Peter Wegner

Professor Graeme Clark (profile), 2000 Peter Wegner

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson

Reflections on a Hologram

Magazine article by Sam Bowker, 2005

Sam Bowker examines Paula Dawson's Mirror, Mirror - a holographic portrait of Graeme Murphy.

Ivy Shore, 1961 Graeme Inson

Not your average teacher’s pet!

It's Complicated

Love versus art

Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews
Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews
Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews

Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

The Popular Pet Show

Previous exhibition, 2016

This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways, with portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends.

The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 by Ralph Heimans

Glorious A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Previous exhibition, 2012

Glorious: A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a collection-based display representing The Queen in the early and late years of her glittering sixty-year reign.

Portrait 55 Summer 2016-2017

Magazine

Explore convict art, photography by Ruth Hollick and Collier Schorr, an interview with neurosurgeon Charlie Teo, portraiture on money, and more!

Steven Heathcote, 2007 Julian Kingma
Steven Heathcote, 2007 Julian Kingma
Steven Heathcote, 2007 Julian Kingma

Steven Heathcote, 2007 Julian Kingma

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Julian Kingma 2008

Kristian Fredrikson, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
Kristian Fredrikson, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
Kristian Fredrikson, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Kristian Fredrikson, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich
Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich
Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich

Portrait, silver gelatin photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell
Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell
Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell

Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell

Portrait, pen and ink, brush and ink and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Professor Derek Denton AC and Dame Margaret Scott AC 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait 64 Summer 2019/20

Magazine

Marian Anderson, emerging photographer Charles Dennington, piscatorial portraits, and the poignant path of photographer Polixeni Papapetrou. and more.

Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne
Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne
Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne

Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling
Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling
Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and red ochre on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Neil Archibald and Alan R. Dodge AM, Brandon and Angela Munro, Dr Walter Ong and Graeme Marshall 2015

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Richard Walley OAM honoured in new Portrait Gallery commission 2 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

A new commissioned portrait funded by the Gallery’s Foundation will be launched at Murdoch University in Perth tonight, Wednesday 2 September.

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery 3 November 2016

Archived media releases 2016

It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

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.

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 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.

Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic

The silent partner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

One half of the team that was Eltham Films left scarcely a trace in the written historical record, but survives in a vivid portrait.

Portrait of Troppo Architects, 2009

Thinking about architecture and portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Christopher Chapman describes the experimental exhibition Portraits + Architecture

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
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.

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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.