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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.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the
Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the
Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945

Dora Toovey
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Anne and Brennan Keats 2009

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.

Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney

Janet Dawson

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, c. 1952

Janet Dawson
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Gift of the artist 2000

Janet Vernon
Janet Vernon
Janet Vernon

Janet Vernon, 1986

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney
Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney
Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney

Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney, 1966 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, type C 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.

Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta

Joseph Cotta, 1983-1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Michael with beetroot sprouting
Michael with beetroot sprouting
Michael with beetroot sprouting

Michael with beetroot sprouting, 2008

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Bill Hunter
Bill Hunter
Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter, 1974

Janet Dawson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Chris Dickins
Chris Dickins
Chris Dickins

Chris Dickins, 1983-1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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

Gladys Cotta
Gladys Cotta
Gladys Cotta

Gladys Cotta, 1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joseph Mathew Cotta and Gladys Maria Cotta 2016

Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta

Joseph Cotta, 1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joseph Mathew Cotta and Gladys Maria Cotta 2016

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.

Janet Holmes á Court
Janet Holmes á Court
Janet Holmes á Court

Janet Holmes á Court, 2001 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Janet Dawson, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Janet Dawson

Explore The Popular Pet Show

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.’

Professor Derek Denton
Professor Derek Denton
Professor Derek Denton

Professor Derek Denton, 2009

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel 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

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Wendy Whiteley in conversation with Janet Hawley

19 October 2015
Archived media releases 2015

Wendy Whiteley in candid conversation with Janet Hawley to celebrate the release of the book Wendy Whiteley and The Secret Garden.

The Living Room, 2012 by Janet Tavener

Janet Tavener

Finalist interviews

Mikala is the eldest of my three daughters. I have photographed her on many an occasion. Needless to say we are both extremely at home with the practice.

Summer 1986

Janet Dawson’s painting of Michael Boddy gives paws for thought

The Australian, 26 November 2016
General content

Bronwyn Watson writes about Summer 1986 for the Popular Pet Show.

Summer 1986

Petite beauty marries gentle giant

Passion

Books, beets and heat

Portrait 36

June - August 2010
Magazine

This issue features convict portraitists, Janet Dawson, Paul Grabowsky, Nam Le, the Present Tense exhibition and more.

Study for commissioned portrait,
Study for commissioned portrait,
Study for commissioned portrait,

Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, print on transparency film

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with the assistance of funds provided by Janet Whiting AM, Philip Lukies and Antonia Syme 2016

Portrait of Ingvar Kenne, 2012 by Simon Harsent

Finalist interviews

General content

Interviews with NPPP 2013 finalists Melanie Faith Dove, Simon Harsent, Ahmad Sabra, Sharon Zwi, Katherine Bennett, Krystal Seigerman, Arianne McNaught, Janet Tavener, Louise Whelan, Myles Nelson and Heather Corrigan.

Alexander Maurice Ramsay
Alexander Maurice Ramsay
Alexander Maurice Ramsay

Alexander Maurice Ramsay, 1978

Robert Hannaford AM
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Janet, Andrew, Kathryn and Eleanor Ramsay, daughters and son of Alexander Maurice Ramsay and Amy Jane Ramsay

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.

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

Yhonnie and Indiana, 2012 by Janelle Low

NPPP 2013 learning resource

Learning resource archive

Exploring select works from the NPPP 2012. For secondary students.

Garth Porter
Garth Porter
Garth Porter

Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001)

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

Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001)

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

Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001)

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

Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare

Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001)

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

Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001)

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

Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974

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

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.

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.

Inner Worlds

Portraits and Psychology
Previous exhibition, 2011

Portraits of Australia’s pioneering psychologists and artworks by artists fascinated by the subconscious mind.

David Malouf

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.

Les Murray

Poets' Portraits

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

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

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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.

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with the assistance of funds provided by Janet Whiting AM, Philip Lukies and Antonia Syme 2016

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Supporters

$5,000 - $9,999
Honour board
Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974 (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

Mel Gibson

POL

Portrait of a Generation
Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

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.

Harold Parker
Harold Parker
Harold Parker

Harold Parker, c. 1906

Bessie Gibson
Portrait, watercolour on ivory in locket frame

Gift of Rosamond Shepherd 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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

JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

Magazine article by Sandy Nairne, 2006

Lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, given at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on 28 April 2006.

Self portrait

Portrait of a Modernist

Magazine article by Dimity Goldie, 2003

The National Portrait Gallery acquired the self-portrait by Grace Cossington Smith in 2003.

Margaret Fulton

Masters of Fare

Chefs, winemakers, providores
Previous exhibition, 2004

Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores celebrates men and women who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia, enriching our lives with new ideas and new flavours over the past forty years.

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

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

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.

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.

Self portrait with gladioli

Facing Facts

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers describes the 1922 Self-portrait with Gladioli by George Lambert.

James Ford, 1979 by Robert Mapplethorpe

Apollo's breath

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman delights in the intimacy of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography

Peter Wilmoth, age 12, with copies of Our World 1974 Courtesy of the author

Paper, boy

Magazine article by Peter Wilmoth, 2016

Peter Wilmoth’s boy-journalist toolkit for antagonising an Australian political giant.

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.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
General content

Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

One hundred days at 7pm 2015 by Fiona McMonagle

Self-effacing

Magazine article by Michael Wardell, 2016

Michael Wardell samples the fare in the University of Queensland National Self-portrait Prize.

Simone Young

Conduct becoming

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2017

Penelope Grist speaks to Bill Henson and Simone Young to discover the origins of the artist’s stunning photographic triptych.

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis

Lecture, 4 June 2011
General content

Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

The Bare story

General content

Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

NPPP 2016 exhibition essay

General content

Penny Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2016 Prize.

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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