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Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, albumen photograph carte de visite

Purchased 2010

Archbishop James Goold
Archbishop James Goold
Archbishop James Goold

Archbishop James Goold, c. 1870

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Norman, Kodak, Rose, J.F Archibald, model and John Barr
Norman, Kodak, Rose, J.F Archibald, model and John Barr
Norman, Kodak, Rose, J.F Archibald, model and John Barr

Norman, Kodak, Rose, J.F Archibald, model and John Barr, c. 1913

an unknown artist
Portrait, toned gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869

Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

David Campese II

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
William Dobell
William Dobell
William Dobell

William Dobell, 1943

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Dobell
William Dobell
William Dobell

William Dobell, 1942

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Models with trident and 1970s lamp 2013
 by Wendy Sharpe

Observation point

Magazine article by Wendy Sharpe, 2013

Australian artist and Archibald Prize finalist, Wendy Sharpe reflects on the art of portraiture.

William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney
William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney
William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney

William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney, 1960 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

William Barak at work on the drawing ‘Ceremony’ at Coranderrk

The Reflecting Eye

Portraits of Australian Visual Artists
Touring exhibition, 1996

As the first National Portrait Gallery travelling exhibition, The reflecting eye: portraits of Australian visual artists represents an important milestone in the history of Australia's National Portrait Gallery.

Peter Sculthorpe

Creative space

Magazine article by Eric Smith, 2004

Eric Smith describes the agony and finally the ecstasy of winning the 1982 Archibald Prize with the portrait of Peter Sculthorpe.

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968

Joshua Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 2006

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on board

Gift of Dr Phillip Dutton and Valerie Dutton 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Simon Tedeschi unplugged
Simon Tedeschi unplugged
Simon Tedeschi unplugged

Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002

Cherry Hood
Portrait, watercolour on canvas

Gift of Tim Olsen 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley, 1995

Adam Knott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Portrait of Charles Blackman
Portrait of Charles Blackman
Portrait of Charles Blackman

Portrait of Charles Blackman, 1979

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Warwick Evans 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

After Jack
After Jack
After Jack

After Jack, 2012

Jenny Sages
Portrait, encaustic, oil and pigment on composition board

Purchased 2018

Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley, 1998

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains
Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains
Portrait of a beautiful mind - Adam Cullen, Blue Mountains

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

William Dobell

A Tribute to William Dobell

Previous exhibition, 1999

Adapted from A Tribute to William Dobell an exhibition presented by the Australian National University's Drill Hall Gallery in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. Dobell is of course, celebrated for his achievements in portraiture, winning the Archibald prize (1943, 1948 and 1959), the Wynne Prize (1948), and representing Australia at the 1954 Venice Biennale. Curator Mary Eagle concludes her essay in the catalogue of the exhibition thus, "Overall I see a dissonance in Dobell’s art and life

Adam (Adam Goodes)
Adam (Adam Goodes)
Adam (Adam Goodes)

Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014

Alan Jones
Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on linen

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Angela Belgiorno-Zegna, 2001 by Salvatore Zofrea

Intimate Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2002

Intimate Portraits is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints that explore the less public side of portraiture

George Judah Cohen
George Judah Cohen
George Judah Cohen

George Judah Cohen, 1925

George Lambert
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the National Australia Bank 2002

Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported
Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported
Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported

Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported, 1996

Margaret Woodward
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the Karmel family in memory of Lena and Peter Karmel 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Self portrait

Sir William Dargie CBE

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Sir William Dargie, painter and eight times winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, died in Melbourne on July 26, 2003, aged 91.

Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley
Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley
Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley

Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994

Jeffrey Smart
Portrait, pencil on paper

Bequest of Nick Enright AM 2004

Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows

Fred Hollows, 1993

Kerrie Lester
Portrait, oil and hand-stitching on canvas

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

Kerry Lester
Kerry Lester
Kerry Lester

Kerry Lester, 1990

Anne Zahalka
Portrait, type C Duraflex print on paper

Gift of Leo Christie 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

John Bell as King Lear oil on Belgian linen, 2001 by Nicholas Harding

Lear unbuttoned

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Sarah Engledow steps up to the footlights and applauds the storyline behind Nicholas Harding's portraits of actor John Bell.

Soffritto di Lucio
Soffritto di Lucio
Soffritto di Lucio

Soffritto di Lucio, 2009

Garry Shead and Adrienne Levenson
Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lucio Galletto OAM 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study for Portrait of W S Robinson
Study for Portrait of W S Robinson
Study for Portrait of W S Robinson

Study for Portrait of W S Robinson, 1952

William Dobell
Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2003

Drawing workshop: Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

27th February 2021
Recorded virtual programs

Join us from wherever you are for an intimate, online drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe, 1982

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Reg Richardson AM

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.

Neil Armfield
Neil Armfield
Neil Armfield

Neil Armfield, 2010

Adam Cullen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Albert Namatjira

Sir William Dargie

A Ninetieth Birthday Tribute
Previous exhibition, 2002

As a tribute to Sir William Dargie's singular contribution to Australian art and cultural institutions, and on the occasion of his birthday, The Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery will mount exhibitions of his work between May and October

True Stories - Helen Garner

True Stories

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

The story behind the creation of the portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages.

Brett Whiteley - portrait 1
Brett Whiteley - portrait 1
Brett Whiteley - portrait 1

Brett Whiteley - portrait 1, 1975

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Paul Kelly

Before Too Long

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

The story behind the creation of the portrait of singer-songwriter Paul Kelly by the artist Jon Campbell.

Summer 1986
Summer 1986
Summer 1986

Summer 1986, 1986

Janet Dawson
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000, part gift of Michael Boddy

You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton

Unplanned arrival leads to blissful adoration

Nearest & Dearest

A mother’s ‘in-loveness’

Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta
Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta
Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta

Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta, 1999

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Richard Divall AO OBE 2017

Paul Haefliger
Paul Haefliger
Paul Haefliger

Paul Haefliger, 1974

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Frank Packer KBE

Judy Cassab

The artist's diary
Previous exhibition, 2013

The artist's diary profiles six decades of Cassab's work, from the early portrait commissions of the 1950s to later paintings that have helped confirm her eminent place in the canon of Australian portraiture.

After Jack

A deep, abiding love affair

Devotion

Frames for his life’s love

Alexander 'Jock' Sturrock
Alexander 'Jock' Sturrock
Alexander 'Jock' Sturrock

Alexander 'Jock' Sturrock, 1962

Graham Thorley
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

David Campese II
David Campese II
David Campese II

David Campese II, 2000

Paul Newton
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Bill Leak
Bill Leak
Bill Leak

Bill Leak, 1999

Simon Obarzanek
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Ivy Shore

Not your average teacher’s pet!

It's Complicated

Love versus art

Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

A Celebration
Previous exhibition, 2009

To celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery has created a feature exhibition of portraits and associated biographic material drawn from the National Portrait Gallery and the composer’s personal collection.

Eileen, 2017 video: 6 minutes

Eileen, 2017

by Sue Healey
General content

Finalist, DPA 2017
Single channel HD digital video

Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira, 1958

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Purchased with funds donated by Marilyn Darling AC and with the assistance of Philip Bacon Galleries 2000

Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen

Jiawei Shen, 2006

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Robert Klippel

A bond of friendship

Magazine article by Yvonne Audette AM, 2005

Australia's major abstract painter Yvonne Audette discusses her portrait of sculptor Robert Kippel.

Omega, 2013 by Robin Eley

Robin Eley

More about In the flesh artists

Robin Eley studied Fine Arts at Westmont College, USA and began his career as a professional illustrator. Eley was a finalist in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize in 2010 and his work was Highly Commended in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 2010 and 2011.

Judy Cassab
Judy Cassab
Judy Cassab

Judy Cassab, 1984

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

Recruit (Self Portrait in the image of my son), 2012 by Michael Peck

Michael Peck

More about In the flesh artists

Born in Melbourne in 1977, Michael Peck has a Bachelor of Fine Art (honours) (Painting) from Monash University. He has exhibited as a solo artist since 1998, when he won the National Gallery of Victoria’s Trustees Award.

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney

Designing the ideal marriage

Devotion

Deep foundations, shared vision

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016

Dr Edward MacMahon
Dr Edward MacMahon
Dr Edward MacMahon

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959

William Dobell
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of the MacMahon family in affectionate memory of Edward MacMahon and William Dobell 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Ivy Shore
Ivy Shore
Ivy Shore

Ivy Shore, 1961

Graeme Inson
Portrait, oil on masonite

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

Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Deborah Mailman, 1999

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on jute

Purchased 2000

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister, 2020

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Alan Dodge AM and Neil Archibald 2021

Reg Richardson AM
Reg Richardson AM
Reg Richardson AM

Reg Richardson AM, 2014

Mitch Cairns
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2015

Tim Storrier
Tim Storrier
Tim Storrier

Tim Storrier, 1995

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Zelman Cowen
Zelman Cowen
Zelman Cowen

Zelman Cowen, c. 1977

Ray Crooke AM
Portrait, pencil and oil on canvas laid on chipboard

Gift of David Crooke 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies

Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 1960

William Dobell
Portrait, watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999

Max Meldrum
Max Meldrum
Max Meldrum

Max Meldrum, c. 1937

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

John Olsen - En plein air
John Olsen - En plein air
John Olsen - En plein air

John Olsen - En plein air, 1996

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Brett Whiteley - portrait 2
Brett Whiteley - portrait 2
Brett Whiteley - portrait 2

Brett Whiteley - portrait 2, 1975

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, late 1930s

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on wood panel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG in recognition of Sir William Dargie's role in the establishment of the National Gallery of Australia 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Harold Holt
Harold Holt
Harold Holt

Harold Holt, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, graphite on paper

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

Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen

Jiawei Shen, 2011

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Dr Gene Sherman AM 2016

Lady Knox
Lady Knox
Lady Knox

Lady Knox, c. 1927-1929

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist, 2011

Andrew Mezei
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased 2012

Portrait of Alex Dimitriades
Portrait of Alex Dimitriades
Portrait of Alex Dimitriades

Portrait of Alex Dimitriades, 2005

Michael Zavros
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the artist 2006. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Rose, 2011 by Natasha Bieniek

Natasha Bieniek

More about In the flesh artists

Born in Melbourne, Natasha Bieniek began her formal artistic training at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002.  Bieniek’s When the music’s over (2006) won the Nino Sanciolo Art Prize, a painting scholarship to study at the Accademia d’Arte in Florence, where she learnt the ancient technique of egg tempera.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, between 1951 and 1953

Janet Dawson
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Gift of the artist 2000

Catherine Livingstone

Catherine Livingstone, 2018

by Mathew Lynn
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Sir Leslie Herron
Sir Leslie Herron
Sir Leslie Herron

Sir Leslie Herron, 1969

Esme Bell
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Susan Crawford OAM 2016

Major General Paul Cullen

All in the Family

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2002

Portrait launch of Major-General Paul Cullen AC CBE DSO and Bar ED (Rtd) and George Judah Cohen.

Roslyn
Roslyn
Roslyn

Roslyn, 2016

Sally Ross
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased 2017

Stan de Teliga
Stan de Teliga
Stan de Teliga

Stan de Teliga, 1973

Vaike Liibus
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Liibus family 2015

John Hamilton
John Hamilton
John Hamilton

John Hamilton, 1969

Meg Padgham
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Dressing for dinner
Dressing for dinner
Dressing for dinner

Dressing for dinner, 1992

Davida Allen
Portrait, oil on plywood

Gift of the artist 1999. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009

Guido Maestri
Portrait, oil on linen

Gift of the artist 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sigrid Thornton
Sigrid Thornton
Sigrid Thornton

Sigrid Thornton, 2000

Andrew Sibley
Portrait, pencil on paper

Purchased 2010

Nell
Nell
Nell

Nell, 2008

Abbey McCulloch
Portrait, oil and charcoal on canvas

Gift of Nell Schofield 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1999

Rick Amor
Portrait, etching on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Study for portrait of Les Murray
Study for portrait of Les Murray
Study for portrait of Les Murray

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995

David Naseby
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones

Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones, 1970

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of Charles E. Jones and Kim Lloyd Jones 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC
The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC
The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, 2018

Yvonne East
Portrait, oil on linen

Gift of the artist 2019 acknowledging Herbert Smith Freehills for supporting the creation of the portrait

Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick

Kate Fitzpatrick, 1978 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Master Molteno
Master Molteno
Master Molteno

Master Molteno, c. 1866

Townsend Duryea
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Graham Smith 2009

Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush

Self portrait with Bottlebrush, 1991

Margaret Olley AC
Portrait, oil on board

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2021

The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch)
The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch)
The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch)

The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch), c. 1929

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Margaret Seares

Margaret Seares, 2018

by Cherry Hood
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Portrait of Susan Crennan
Portrait of Susan Crennan
Portrait of Susan Crennan

Portrait of Susan Crennan, 2017

Lewis Miller
Portrait, oil on linen

Gift of the Hon. Susan Crennan AC QC 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait of Henry Kendall
Portrait of Henry Kendall
Portrait of Henry Kendall

Portrait of Henry Kendall, c. 1890-1894

S. Milbourn Jnr
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Dame Elizabeth Couchman
Dame Elizabeth Couchman
Dame Elizabeth Couchman

Dame Elizabeth Couchman, n.d.

Aileen Dent
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Susan Webster, step-granddaughter of Dame Elizabeth Couchman, 2015

James Morrison with flugelhorn
James Morrison with flugelhorn
James Morrison with flugelhorn

James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994

Kerrie Lester
Portrait, oil and hand-stitching on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999
Courtesy of the Corrigan family and Stuart Purves

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 2005

Rick Amor
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Manning Clark
Manning Clark
Manning Clark

Manning Clark, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen A. L. Best
Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen A. L. Best
Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen A. L. Best

Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen A. L. Best, 1943-1944

Charles Wheeler
Portrait, coloured chalk on artist board

Purchased 2019

Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists
Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists
Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists

Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists, 1996

Noel McKenna
Portrait, enamel on canvas

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley, 1991

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017

Wendy Sharpe
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2018

Richard Walley
Richard Walley
Richard Walley

Richard Walley, 2015

Dr Julie Dowling
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and red ochre on canvas

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

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Uncommon Australians

Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery
Previous exhibition, 1992

In 1988 philanthropists Gordon and Marilyn Darling decided to make an Australian portrait gallery a reality, overseeing the development of the 1992 touring exhibition Uncommon Australians.

Neil Armfield (study)
Neil Armfield (study)
Neil Armfield (study)

Neil Armfield (study), 2010

Adam Cullen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Jessie Street
Jessie Street
Jessie Street

Jessie Street, 1929

Reginald Jerrold-Nathan
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the Street family and the Jessie Street National Women's Library 2010

Neil Armfield (study)
Neil Armfield (study)
Neil Armfield (study)

Neil Armfield (study), 2010

Adam Cullen
Portrait, spray paint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Neil Armfield (study)
Neil Armfield (study)
Neil Armfield (study)

Neil Armfield (study), 2010

Adam Cullen
Portrait, spray paint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Considering Persephone - Gay Bilson
Considering Persephone - Gay Bilson
Considering Persephone - Gay Bilson

Considering Persephone - Gay Bilson, 2009

Leeanne Crisp
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Jan and Gary Whyte, Brian and Barbara Crisp, Gloria Kurtze, Jonathon Mills and Lawsoft Pty Ltd 2011

Sir Zelman Cowen
Sir Zelman Cowen
Sir Zelman Cowen

Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000

Wes Walters
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil.
David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil.
David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil.

David Armstrong, B.A., B. Phil., 1959

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of Jennifer Armstrong 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles

Sir George Coles, 1935

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2018

Professor Peter Doherty

Rick Amor

21 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

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Donors

$10,000 - $49,999
Honour board
Dichotomia, Barry Otto
Dichotomia, Barry Otto
Dichotomia, Barry Otto

Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester

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.

Janet Dawson, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Janet Dawson

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When soulmates Janet Dawson and Michael Boddy moved from Sydney to a property, Boddy was clear about why: ‘Our marriage is one long conversation - we moved to the bush so we could talk to each other without so many interruptions.’

Portrait of Kenneth Rowell
Portrait of Kenneth Rowell
Portrait of Kenneth Rowell

Portrait of Kenneth Rowell, 1967

David Strachan
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Margaret Olley 2002. Transferred from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Professor Harry Messel
Professor Harry Messel
Professor Harry Messel

Professor Harry Messel, 1973

Louis Kahan
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoff Cousins
Geoff Cousins
Geoff Cousins

Geoff Cousins, 2017

David Naseby
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Geoff Cousins AM 2007

Recollections of a sinologist sitter

Magazine article by Professor Stephen FitzGerald AO, 2016

Professor Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia’s first Ambassador to China, traces the historical course from sino-australian cultural engagement to a maturing Australian identity.

Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear

Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001

Nicholas Harding
Portrait, ink, charcoal and conté on paper

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

Barry Humphries

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.

Alex Miller
Alex Miller
Alex Miller

Alex Miller, 1992

Rick Amor
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Faith Bandler, study
Faith Bandler, study
Faith Bandler, study

Faith Bandler, study, 2006

Greg Warburton
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and charcoal on unstretched canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2019
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe

Wendy Sharpe, 2000

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Fred Hilmer

Fred Hilmer, 2018

by Evert Ploeg
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

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Portrait of Leslie Walford, 1970s

Vaike Liibus
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Hardy 2019

Jerry Ellis
Jerry Ellis
Jerry Ellis

Jerry Ellis, 1999

Lewis Miller
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Neville Gruzman
Neville Gruzman
Neville Gruzman

Neville Gruzman, 1968

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix

Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, 1962

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Self portrait with glove

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

Professor Peter Doherty

Rick Amor 21 Portraits

20 November 2014
Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

Self portrait with gladioli

Courage, Self-analysis and Skill

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2002

The story behind George Lambert's Self-portrait with Gladioli.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1934

Nora Heysen AM
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 1999

Sir Colin Syme
Sir Colin Syme
Sir Colin Syme

Sir Colin Syme, 1970

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

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

Portrait of David Dridan
Portrait of David Dridan
Portrait of David Dridan

Portrait of David Dridan, 1992

Brian Dunlop
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Dridan OAM 2017

Sir Ian McLennan
Sir Ian McLennan
Sir Ian McLennan

Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on board

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

Sir Frank Packer KBE
Sir Frank Packer KBE
Sir Frank Packer KBE

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Packer family 2006

Paul Kelly

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

J.C. Williamson
J.C. Williamson
J.C. Williamson

J.C. Williamson, c. 1913

John Longstaff
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Aimée Viola Horsley, daughter of J.C. Williamson 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Reg Richardson AM

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia

9 June 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst

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.

Richard Walley

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.

Mervyn Horton
Mervyn Horton
Mervyn Horton

Mervyn Horton, 1964

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas

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

Sir Ian Potter
Sir Ian Potter
Sir Ian Potter

Sir Ian Potter, 1973

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Primrose Potter 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Donald Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman, 1990

Bill Leak
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years.

David Combe and the portrait
David Combe and the portrait
David Combe and the portrait

David Combe and the portrait, 1983

Keith Looby
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Tanya by Jenny Sages

Observation point

Magazine article by Jenny Sages, 2015

Australian artist and Archibald Prize winner, Jenny Sages reflects on her work.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

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.

Ronald Dale Barassi
Ronald Dale Barassi
Ronald Dale Barassi

Ronald Dale Barassi, 2000

Lewis Miller
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil with fibre-tipped pen underdrawing on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2002

hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher)
hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher)
hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher)

hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990

Davida Allen
Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

True Stories - Helen Garner

Jenny Sages

Paths to Portraiture
Previous exhibition, 2010

The exhibition Sages examines the process of portrait making through four large-scale portraits of women by Jenny Sages, paired with intimate preparatory drawings.

Hon Tom Hughes QC
Hon Tom Hughes QC
Hon Tom Hughes QC

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

In its second year at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the first time touring to other venues, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 continues to present surprising perspectives on the nature of contemporary portrait photography.

Johnny O'Keefe

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

Robert Dessaix
Robert Dessaix
Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix, 1998

Robert Hannaford AM
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Robert Dessaix 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Caroline Chisholm
Portrait of Caroline Chisholm
Portrait of Caroline Chisholm

Portrait of Caroline Chisholm, c. 1851

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Sir Ian Potter

Mark Strizic

A Journey in Photography
Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition traces the creative output of nearly 50 years by one of Australia's landmark living photographers.

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 by William Dobell

Bill and Ted's excellent portrait.

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow on Messrs Dobell and MacMahon and the art of friendship.

Bob Hawke

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.

James Macpherson Grant
James Macpherson Grant
James Macpherson Grant

James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin, 2017–2018

by Jun Chen
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Andy Thomas

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.

Ned Kelly death mask

Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait
Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Margaret Whitlam

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.

Andrew Sayers
Andrew Sayers
Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers, 2012

Mark Mohell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath, 2003

Sally Robinson
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Gift of the artist 2003

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Husbands and Wives

Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia
Previous exhibition, 2010

'I have just been to my dressing case to take a peep at you.

Charles Teo
Charles Teo
Charles Teo

Charles Teo, 2012

Adam Chang
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eleonora Triguboff 2013

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill

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.

Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp, 1986

Garry Shead
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Where the wild things are

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the complex portrait of Dr Bob Brown by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

Elle Macpherson

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.

Me

Donated duo

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the gift of two striking paintings by the Australian artist Ken Done AM.

William Robertson
William Robertson
William Robertson

William Robertson, 1866

Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Tognetti #1510

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018

by Louise Hearman
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Professor Peter Doherty

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.

Kangaroos, 2007 by Davida Allen

Davida Allen

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Going around a gallery with a child, we point to a painting of a dog and brightly ask ‘What’s that?’ If they don’t say ‘A dog’, we tell them that’s what it is. We don’t say it’s a shape inscribed by an artist that’s popularly understood to signify a dog. That’d only serve to foster a smarty-pants.

A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach

No small wonder

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour describes how artist Sam Leach works on a small scale to grand effect.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

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.

Nancy Wake - The White Mouse

Capturing the Mouse

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

Nancy Wake AC (b. 1912), one of the most­ decorated women of World War 2, earned the name the 'White Mouse' for her maddening ability to evade the Gestapo.

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones

Home and away

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir William Dobell painted the portraits of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and Sir Hudson Fysh, who did much to promote the image of Australia in this country and abroad.

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018

by Andrew Bonneau
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

Deborah Mailman

The Secret Life of Deb

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2003

Australian actress Deborah Mailman is the subject of a unique portrait by Evert Ploeg.

Xini and Billy, 2006 by Jiawei Shen

Shen Jiawei

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Shen Jiawei was born in China. During the Cultural Revolution he laboured in the Great Northern Wilderness, but even as he worked there, he gained recognition as an artist. 

Robert Drewe (in the swell)

Undercurrent

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the portraiture of Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Self portrait with pug, 2009 by William Robinson
QUT Art Collection
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Robinson, 2015

William Robinson

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Unique in the world, perhaps, is a bronze sculpture that fuses the age-old human portrait bronze tradition, and the later genre of the bronze pug figurine: that’d be William Robinson’s Self-portrait with pug.

Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly, 2018

by Paul Newton
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

Portrait of Brian Dunlop

A quiet moment

Magazine article by Helene Ladomirska, 2006

As Bryan Westwood’s portrait of Brian Dunlop hangs adjacent to Brian Dunlop’s portrait of the philanthropist Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, we see the artist of one work as the subject of the other. 

Daddy Cool, Melbourne

Now Listen...

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

Artist Tessa Jones recalls creating her portrait of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock singer and music producer, Ross Wilson.

Tim Bonyhady

At easel

Magazine article by Tim Bonyhady, 2016

Tim Bonyhady recalls his experience as sitter for his close friend and former National Portrait Gallery Director, the late Andrew Sayers.

Miss Evelyn Chapman, 1918

Lovers of light

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr Sarah Engledow traces the significant links between Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and Evelyn Chapman through their portraits.

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton

Equation of a life – a portrait of Derek Denton

9 September 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The National Portrait Gallery, has welcomed the newest portrait commission of Emeritus Professor Derek Denton AC by Evert Ploeg.

Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell

The alchemist’s profile

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2017

John Zubrzycki meets Australian paint pioneer Jim Cobb.

Glenn McGrath

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.

Neil Murray

True fella

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond profiles the Australian songwriter and performer Neil Murray and his contribution to Australian music.

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy

The Writer: Peter Goldsworthy, 2018

by Deidre But-Husaim
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AO and Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018.

Brown form with stripes, 1961

Figurative foundation

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and art of the Australian artist Janet Dawson.

Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE

A Pioneering Life

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2005

During her time in Australian politics, Dame Nancy Buttfield was an impressive advocate for equality for women and was responsible for ending the marriage bar for women in the Public Service.

Mal Meninga

Mal Meninga, 2018

by Peter Hudson
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Spikes: then and now

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

As part of its ongoing program of commissions of portraits of prominent Australians, the National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson by South Australian artist Avril Thomas.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

Sir Frank Packer KBE

Vintage Cassab

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The oil portrait of Sir Frank Packer KBE by Judy Cassab was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

Self portrait

A guy from Paris

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

Sarah Engledow on a foundational gallery figure who was quick on the draw.

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

Study for Aunty Mary King, 2010 by Mathew Lynn

The animating signature

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmore delights in the affecting drawings of Mathew Lynn.

Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers AM FAHA

13 October 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff mourn the loss of the National Portrait Gallery's inaugural director.

My father-in-law watering his garden, 1986 by Davida Allen

Lovingly observed

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sarah Engledow previews the beguiling summer exhibition, Idle hours.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Through thick and thin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow likes the manifold mediums of Nicholas Harding’s portraiture.

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study)

Australian Princess

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2005

The full-length portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark by artist Jiawei Shen, has become a destination piece for visitors.

Ned Kelly death mask

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Jessie Street

Worth her salt

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Jerrold Nathan's portrait of Jessie Street shows the elegant side of a many-faceted lady.

Swimming with Platypus, 2009

Someone to watch over you

Magazine article by Carrie Kibbler, 2013

Carrie Kibbler looks at how portraiture fits into the Australian Artbank Collection.

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.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Anatomist's eye

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2016

Robert Hannaford has completed around 400 portraits over the span of his career. 

Cathy Freeman, 1994

Depth of Field

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2004

The exhibition Depth of Field displays a selection of portrait photographs that reflect the strength and diversity of Australian achievement.

Adrian Rawlins

Earth to earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses the recent gift of works by David Campbell.

Michael Leunig

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.

Last Light Ellis Hutch

Reflections

General content

All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War exhibition co-curators Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman reflect on the evolution of the Gallery’s Anzac Centenary exhibition.

Victor Trumper

Top shot that

Magazine article by Gideon Haigh, 2009

Gideon Haigh discusses portraits of Australian cricketers from the early 20th century

Jaynie Anderson

Sitter still

Magazine article by Emeritus Professor Jaynie Anderson AM, 2015

Jaynie Anderson reflects on her experience as sitter for Reshid Bey’s 1962 portrait.

Sam and the Perfect World, 2005

The news from Washington

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2006

Australia's former Cultural Attache to the USA, Ron Ramsey, describes the mood at the opening week of the revitalised American National Portrait Gallery.

Kate Hattam

Melbourne experience

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Diana Warnes explores the lives of Hal and Katherine 'Kate' Hattam through their portraits painted by Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh.

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.

Charles Teo

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.

Self portrait

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

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.

Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000

Paths to portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

The life and art of Australian artist Jenny Sages is on display in the exhibition Paths to Portraiture.

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Washington preview

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2005

Ron Ramsey, former Director of Cultural Relations at the Embassy of Australia interviewed NPG Washington Director, Marc Pachter, about their building renovations.

Self portrait with Spots and Veins

Mental as everything

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2006

Chris O'Doherty, also known as Reg Mombassa, is best-known for his Mambo imagery but he also paints a lot of self portraits.

Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed

Pop poet

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2013

Dr Anne Sanders previews the works in the new focus exhibition Paul Kelly and The Portraits.

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.

Ms Anna Burke MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives 2015 by Jude Rae

Hired guns, bounty hunters and horse whisperers

Magazine article by Jude Rae, 2016

Jude Rae contemplates the portrait commission.

Sydney Ure Smith

Dupain detective

Magazine article by Johanna McMahon, 2019

Johanna McMahon revels in history and mystery in pursuit of a suite of unknown portrait subjects.

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.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the

Heartfelt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Janet and Horace Keats with the spirit of the poet Christopher Brennan is brought to life by artist Dora Toovey.

‘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.

Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab

Flesh, figure and rock

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2018

Aimee Board traces Judy Cassab’s path to the Australian outback, arriving at the junction of inspiration and abstraction.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan investigates auction sales of self portraits nationally and internationally.

Emitt sitting, 2001 by Lucy Culliton

Lucy Culliton

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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.

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.

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979–1980

Listomania

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Sarah Engledow describes the fall-out once Brett Whiteley stuck Patrick White’s list of his loves and hates onto his great portrait of the writer.

Beach life (dog), 2006 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding

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Over the years the young Nicholas Harding got his hands on various mice and guinea pigs, but they served mainly to illustrate the concept of mortality. 

Untitled #21/09 (after Ricci, 1700; featuring Matthew Mitcham)

Getting bare

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

How seven portraits within Bare reveal in a public portrait parts of the body and elements of life usually located in the private sphere.

Henry Lawson

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

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

The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KGAK GCMG GCVO KBE QC, 2006 by Rick Amor

Prima facie

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow casts a judicious eye over portraits in the Victorian Bar’s Peter O’Callaghan QC Portrait Gallery.

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.

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