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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.

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Mark Webber

'You've got to make of it what you will'
Portrait story

Champion racing driver, Mark Webber, discusses his childhood and racing career.

Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver
Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver
Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver

Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver, 2016

Gino Zardo
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Mark Webber
Mark Webber
Mark Webber

Mark Webber, 2006

Robin Sellick
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

William Bligh
William Bligh
William Bligh

William Bligh, c. 1776

John Webber
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2015

Captain Cook

'The photojournalists of their time'
Portrait story

An exploration of the role of artists such as John Webber who, whilst a member of Cook’s crew over many voyages, created paintings and drawings of the situations and people the explorers encountered.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782

John Webber
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased by the Commonwealth Government with the generous assistance of Robert Oatley AO and John Schaeffer AO 2000

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The hand of Captain Cook

Google Arts and Culture
Learning resources

Take a close look at a portrait with a hidden message in its hands. For Year 7 – 9 students.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Capturing Cook

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2003

In focussing on the importance of gifts in the building of the collection, prominence must be given to the most spectacular of the National Portrait Gallery's acquisitions; the portrait of Captain James Cook RN by John Webber R.A.

The Death of Captain Cook
The Death of Captain Cook
The Death of Captain Cook

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne after John Webber
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Sir Mark Oliphant

Mark Oliphant

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

Mark Loane

'The small space we are given'
Portrait story

Ophthalmic surgeon and former Wallabies Captain, Mark Loane, discusses his sporting and professional career.

Mark Richards

No choice, you’re going surfing, son
Portrait story

Australian surfing legend Mark Richards describes his professional surfing and surfboard shaping careers.

Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant

Sir Mark Oliphant, 1939

Bassano Ltd
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ms Vivian Wilson 2004

Mark Bethwaite, North Broken Hill, Olympic Yachtsman
Mark Bethwaite, North Broken Hill, Olympic Yachtsman
Mark Bethwaite, North Broken Hill, Olympic Yachtsman

Mark Bethwaite, North Broken Hill, Olympic Yachtsman,

Joe Greenberg
Portrait, watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil, fibre-tipped pen and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Sir Ian Potter
Sir Ian Potter
Sir Ian Potter

Sir Ian Potter, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003

Mark Ella
Mark Ella
Mark Ella

Mark Ella, 2015

Nikki Toole
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2015

Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant

Sir Mark Oliphant, late 1960s

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor, 1999

Bill Leak
Portrait, ink and watercolour on paper and acetate

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

Mark Loane
Mark Loane
Mark Loane

Mark Loane, 2016

Joachim Froese
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2016

Mark Richards
Mark Richards
Mark Richards

Mark Richards, 1976

John Witzig
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2007

Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant

Sir Mark Oliphant, 1972

Frank Hinder
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen, wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM

Mark Blackman
Mark Blackman
Mark Blackman

Mark Blackman, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Wendy Sharpe in her studio
Wendy Sharpe in her studio
Wendy Sharpe in her studio

Wendy Sharpe in her studio, 2007

Mark Tedeschi
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators'
John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators'
John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators'

John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967

Mark Strizic
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Matcham Skipper
Matcham Skipper
Matcham Skipper

Matcham Skipper, 1963

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin

Poet of the Fleeting Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

Mark Strizic's work crosses a broad spectrum of photographic fields including urban, industrial, commercial, and architectural photography. 

Schulim Krimper
Schulim Krimper
Schulim Krimper

Schulim Krimper, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

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

Norma Redpath
Norma Redpath
Norma Redpath

Norma Redpath, 1964

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Inge King
Inge King
Inge King

Inge King, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Sir Charles Moses
Sir Charles Moses
Sir Charles Moses

Sir Charles Moses, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Douglas Carnegie
Douglas Carnegie
Douglas Carnegie

Douglas Carnegie, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003

Sir Gustav Nossal
Sir Gustav Nossal
Sir Gustav Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal, 1979 (printed 1981)

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Bill Neidjie
Bill Neidjie
Bill Neidjie

Bill Neidjie, 2000 (printed 2008)

Mark Lang
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2008

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.

Basil Hetzel
Basil Hetzel
Basil Hetzel

Basil Hetzel, 2007-2008

Mark Kimber
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Mrs Diana Ramsay AO 2008

Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant
Sir Mark Oliphant

Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948

Lotte Meitner-Graf
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ms Vivian Wilson 2004

Sir Macfarlane Burnet
Sir Macfarlane Burnet
Sir Macfarlane Burnet

Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003

Mark Ella

Gallery unveils Portrait of Mark Ella

12 May 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Last night in Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian sporting legend Mark Ella AM.

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969

Mark Strizic
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd

Robin Boyd, 1970

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003

New South Wales State Repatriation Board
New South Wales State Repatriation Board
New South Wales State Repatriation Board

New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c. 1920

Frank Neish
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of FW Macpherson 2012

Mark and Nick Seymour
Mark and Nick Seymour
Mark and Nick Seymour

Mark and Nick Seymour, 1997

Nathan Kelly
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Captain James King, engraving after Webber
Captain James King, engraving after Webber
Captain James King, engraving after Webber

Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

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.

William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes

William Bligh

by John Webber
Portrait story

Twice rebelled against, and twice vindicated, William Bligh occupies an ambivalent space in Australian history. Angus Trumble, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, explains.

Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber
Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber
Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber

Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

William Bligh

Welcome home, Captain Bligh

27 March 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery will, next Tuesday, unveil an exciting new acquisition of irrefutable importance to all Australians. Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c. 1776, attributed to John Webber, is one of the earliest portraits of the contentious, historical figure, and extends the Gallery’s remarkable collection of early colonial portraits.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The Quiet Australian

Magazine article by Brian Dale, 2001

Robert Oatley talks about the repatriation of the John Webber portrait of Captain James Cook.

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.

Ross Edwards
Ross Edwards
Ross Edwards

Ross Edwards, 2013

Bridget Elliot
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013
To mark the 70th birthday of composer Ross Edwards (23 December 2013)

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Cook in context

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Robert Oatley's continuing benefaction has helped the National Portrait Gallery acquire works that add another layer to the story of Captain Cook.

Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh, 2001

Russell Shakespeare
Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Dr Peter Farrell

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

In the National Interest

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

In focussing on the importance of gifts in the building of the collection, prominence must be given to the most spectacular of the National Portrait Gallery's acquisitions; the portrait of Captain James Cook RN by John Webber R.A.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Shane Warne, 2006

Robin Sellick
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2006

Shane Warne

Flash

Australian Athletes in Focus
Previous exhibition, 2006

Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize
Previous exhibition, 2021

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Clive James

Golden Jubilee

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Polly Borland's photograph of The Queen was commissioned by Buckingham Palace as part of a series of high profile celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee.

John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist
John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist
John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist

John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist, 2014

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Harold Mitchell AC

William Bligh

Old Blighty

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2016

Angus Trumble ponders the many faces of William Bligh.

Mark Loane

Rugby great a fine addition to Portrait Gallery Collection

21 March 2017
Archived media releases 2017

A portrait of Australian rugby great, Dr Mark Loane AM MBBS FRANZO FRACS, is the latest addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The work is the final in a series of three commissioned portraits of Australian rugby luminaries funded by Gallery benefactor, Mr Patrick Corrigan AM.

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
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Mr Robert Oatley AO

Biography

Robert Oatley AO (1928–2016), businessman, was one of Australia’s most successful wine industry figures.

Self portrait, 1970 by Matthew Perceval

Portrait Paintings by Matthew Perceval

Previous exhibition, 2007

From 1967 until 1981 Matthew Perceval lived and painted in France and during those years produced a large body of portrait paintings.

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

Caroline Pileggi

Ready , set... shoot

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

The exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus offers various interpretations of sporting men and women by five Australian photographers.

Sir Vincent Fairfax
Sir Vincent Fairfax
Sir Vincent Fairfax

Sir Vincent Fairfax, 1981

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Mark Richards

Off the wall

Magazine article by John Witzig, 2008
Photographer and surf mag editor John Witzig tells the stories behind his iconic surf images.
Pro Hart & Associates
Pro Hart & Associates
Pro Hart & Associates

Pro Hart & Associates, 2004

Nick Young
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Ken Catchpole

Full time

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2017

Alistair McGhie reminisces about three Australian rugby greats commissioned for the Portrait Gallery collection by Patrick Corrigan AM.

Bert Hinkler
Bert Hinkler
Bert Hinkler

Bert Hinkler, 1930s

Nison Tregor
Portrait, cast metal with gold finish

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Alan Foulkes in memory of Mark Graham Cleghorn 2012

Marcia Ella
Marcia Ella
Marcia Ella

Marcia Ella, 2006

Sahlan Hayes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett

Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989

Ivan Durrant
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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Chester Porter QC, 1997

Graeme Inson
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Gift of Jean Porter and family 2021. Donated through the Australia Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Professor John Mulvaney
Professor John Mulvaney
Professor John Mulvaney

Professor John Mulvaney, 1984

Janenne Eaton
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John and Jean Mulvaney 2000

Eccleston Du Faur
Eccleston Du Faur
Eccleston Du Faur

Eccleston Du Faur, 1911

Violet Teague
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service 2020

Collette Dinnigan
Collette Dinnigan
Collette Dinnigan

Collette Dinnigan, 2005

Ingvar Kenne
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2006

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

Gary Ella
Gary Ella
Gary Ella

Gary Ella, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

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

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

Annette Kellerman

Indecent exposure

Annette Kellerman
Previous exhibition, 2011

'Diving Venus' and 'the perfect woman' are two of the numerous descriptions applied to Annette Kellerman, who achieved international fame during the early decades of the twentieth century.

Tony Shaw
Tony Shaw
Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw, 2018

Sarah Rhodes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on dibond

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Steve Irwin

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

Portrait of TERROIR, 2009 by Brett Boardman

TERROIR

General content

TERROIR directors Gerard Reinmuth, Scott Balmforth and Richard Blythe believe that the practice of architecture is the production of knowledge.

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.

Untitled No. 1 2010, by Fiona McMonagle

Observation point

Magazine article by Fiona McMonagle, 2016

Fiona McMonagle considers her reasons for painting portraits.

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006

Robin Sellick
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Aldo Giurgola

A Life in Service

Magazine article by Mandy Martin, 2005

Artist Mandy Martin describes the creation of her portrait of Aldo Giurgola, principal architect of Australia's Parliament House.

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Donors

$10,000 - $49,999
Honour board
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.

Linde Ivimey video: 6 minutes

Linde Ivimey

Contributing artists

Born: 1965, Sydney
Works: Sydney

Dave Tice
Dave Tice
Dave Tice

Dave Tice, 1978 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2018

Prince William of Wales, by Mario Testino, 2003 publ. September 2003.
Credit: Mario Testino

Vanity Fair Portraits

Photographs 1913-2008
Previous exhibition, 2009

Vanity Fair Portraits traces the birth and evolution of photographic portraiture through the archives of Vanity Fair magazine.

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.

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.

Still from the series Hereinbefore, 2012

Hereinbefore

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2013

Alistair McGhie talks with Laura Moore about her winning digital self portrait.

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe, 1998 (printed 2019)

Brett Canét-Gibson
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Sir Macfarlane Burnet

Picture this...

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This edited version of a speech by Andrew Sayers examines some of the antecedents of the National Portrait Gallery and set out the ideas behind the modern Gallery and its collection.

Professor Peter Doherty

Australia and the Nobel Prize

Previous exhibition, 2003

This unique exhibition will give an insight into the private lives, pursuits and work of all the Nobel laureates associated with Australia

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.

Akira Isogawa

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

Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)

Oz Elsewhere

Get me outta here
General content

While the blues-inspired hard guitar riffs of Australian pub rock were shaping tastes, a number of artists were developing music primed for success on the international stage.

Valerie Kirk

Contributing artists

Born: 1957, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Works: Canberra

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO

About grace

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2020

Penelope Grist finds philanthropy and fashion underpin the story of Susan Wakil AO.

Portrait 50 hits the shelves

1 September 2015
Archived media releases 2015

With contributions from Julia Gillard, Fiona Gruber, and Dr Karl James, the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th edition of Portrait has something for everyone.

In their own words

Audio-guide
Apps

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Self portrait, 1970

Painters' paradise

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2007

Andrew Sayers feels the warmth in the paintings Matthew Perceval made while the sun shone in southern France.

Numb to touch (self-portrait), 2018
 by Natasha Walsh

Observation point

Magazine article by Natasha Walsh, 2019

My practice has always been driven by my experimental curiosity, from heavy wax and resin bodies generated in flame, to delicate temporal works that explore the conductive and alchemical possibilities of copper.

Karee Kayvon, 2006

Virtual lives

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2007

A brief introduction to the Weird, Wired World of Internet Portraiture.

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe, 2002

James Houston
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

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.

Layne Beachley

Collection: Icons

Volume One
Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt, 1891

Falk Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789

W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Kaloti Parmjit, 2012 by Louise Whelan

Louise Whelan

Finalist interviews

I met Kaloti Parmjit the day I took the photo. I first visited the Sikh temple in the suburb of Glenwood to take photos as part of a social documentary project I'm undertaking for the State Library of NSW.

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.

Francis Bacon on Primrose Hill, 1963

Shadows of light

Magazine article by Mark Haworth-Booth, 2002

Mark Haworth-Booth explains why Bill Brandt is one of the most important British photographers of the Twentieth Century.

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.

George Selth Coppin
George Selth Coppin
George Selth Coppin

George Selth Coppin, c. 1863

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The 1780s to the 1840s

Mo and beard timeline

Eighteenth century men differed from those of the preceding centuries in their preference for beardlessness.

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell, 2011

Julian Kingma
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Baz Luhrmann

Glossy 2

Faces, Magazines, Now
Previous exhibition, 2005

Following the success of Glossy: Faces, Magazines, Now in 1999 the National Portrait Gallery again highlights the huge array of contemporary portraiture in the pages of magazines.

Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross

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.

Gordon Darling Hall

Portrait of the Gallery

Magazine article by Graeme Dix, 2016

A design diary retrospective.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

Jessica Mauboy

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years

18 October 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions.

Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 © Nan Goldin

Love scars

Magazine article by Katrina Osborne, 2016

Katrina Osborne immerses herself in one of photography’s most fearless chronicles.

Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize

14 November 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

Canon Australia takes National Photographic Portrait Prize first place to new heights

5 September 2018
Archived media releases 2018

Entries are now open for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, with the winner set to receive $52,000 in cash and prizes, including superb contributions from new sponsor, Canon Australia.

Granny's 90th, 2012 by Katherine Bennett

Katherine Bennett

Finalist interviews

The lady in the centre of this photograph is my partner's Granny. So we are almost directly related, and here, as with all photographic work. I am in a state of exchange though I think only directly, with one of the women!

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872

Maull & Co Photographers
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw, 2018

by Sarah Rhodes
General content

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Kylie, 2004

Kylie

Magazine article by Margot Anderson, 2005

The Kylie exhibition celebrated the significant achievements of one of Australia's most internationally recognisable faces and gave the general public a rare glimpse into her glamorous life. 

Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole

Nikki Toole

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

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

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.

Monkey business, 2011 by Alina Gozin'a

Alina Gozin'a

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

Inspiration + Realisation: Peter Wegner

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Peter Wegner's approach to portraiture could be considered a visual record of the rapport, the dynamic space between artist and subject.

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.

Rosie Batty

Portrait of Rosie Batty Unveiled at Portrait Gallery

24 January 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian domestic violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

The National Photographic Portrait Prize: 2021 Living Memory

1 September 2020
Archived media releases 2020

Director Karen Quinlan AM announces significant changes for 2021, including a larger, longer exhibition, themed to reflect our experience of events that have occurred in this historic year.

A Sydney family, 1840s

The house, the horse, the wife and the offspring

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour writes about the portraiture of the colonial artist William Nicholas.

Megan Gale

Glamour vs grunge

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Christopher Chapman examines the battle of glamour vs. grunge which played out in the fashion and advertising of the 1990s.

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.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews

I had been watching Agnes with intrigue, her face and profile were so mesmerizing. On our final day together I pulled her aside and convinced her that she had such an amazing face that I needed to get a photograph for myself. It was very spontaneous in that I decided quickly how it would best look and shot it in only two frames.

Francis Russell Nixon

Sketches and sermons

Magazine article by Jessica Smith, 2009

Jessica Smith looks at the 'fetching' portrait of Tasmania's first Anglican Bishop, Francis Russell Nixon by George Richmond

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.

Arthur Streeton

The 1890s to the 1940s

Mo and beard timeline

Although the tough, weathered, hard-drinking bushmen of the kind mythologised by writers like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson are popularly associated with the character of late nineteenth century Australia, it was also a time when alternative ideas about identity began to come into play.

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.

Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio, 2011 by John McRae

John McRae

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster

To the end of the earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Dr. Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster from 1780, is one of the oldest in the NPG's collection.

David Stratton, 2012
 by Sharon Zwi

Sharon Zwi

Finalist interviews

We were in Gaza shooting a documentary and we had heard about the orphanages and wanted to visit and document some of the children who had lost parents during the wars in Gaza.

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.

Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap

Somewhere to hang your cap

Magazine article by Beatrice Thompson, 2007

A pair of portraits by John Brack; Portrait of Kym Bonython and Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap combine to create a quirky depiction of their subject.

Kitty Kantilla and Freda Warlapinni at Milikapiti (Snake Bay)

Eye line

Magazine article by Jo Bertini, 2004

Jo Bertini describes the evolution of her portrait of artists and friends Kitty Kantilla and Freda Warlapinni.

Hilda Heley, 2015 Peter Wegner

Drawn from life

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2021

Penelope Grist discovers the rich narratives in Peter Wegner’s series of centenarian portraits.

Self portrait

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Whether the result of misadventure or misdemeanour, many accomplished artists were transported to Australia where they ultimately left a positive mark on the history of art in this country.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

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.

Sidney Myer

Four from the 30s

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Australia's tradition of sculpted portraits stretches back to the early decades of the nineteenth century and continues to sustain a group of dedicated sculptors.

Florence Austral

Pretty in peach

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008
It's remarkable that the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond has produced two of Australia's most successful opera singers. Three decades apart, but within a short distance of each other, both Helen Porter Mitchell and Florence Wilson were born.
David Chalmers

Coming into being

NPPP 2018 exhibition essay
General content

Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2018 Prize.

The National Portrait Gallery

In the galleries

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Christopher Chapman highlights the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery building which opened in December 2008.

Untitled, 2010 by Jose Legaspi

Jose Legaspi

by Patrick D. Flores
Artist essays

Jose Legaspi was born in 1959 in Manila. He achieved degrees in zoology and biology before turning to fine arts in the mid-1980s.

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.

Marilyn Darling AC

Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

Ursus sitting, 1931

Two pair

Magazine article by Dr Jacqui Strecker, 2008
Stuttgart's Art Museum is showing Otto Dix portraits alongside artists from Lucas Cranach to Andy Warhol.
Eden, 2011 by Arianne McNaught

Arianne McNaught

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

‘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.

Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Marquis de Vaudreuil, ca.1753-55

Canadian identities

Magazine article by Lilly Koltun, 2004

An exploration of national identity in the Canadian context drawn from the symposium Face to Face at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2004.

Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)

A new perspective

Magazine article by Celina Fox, 2006

An exhibition devoted to Hans Holbein's English commissions shows the portraitist bringing across the Channel new technical developments in art - with a dazzling facility.

Barry Humphries

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Did you come here to find history?, 2009 Edition 3/3
by Nusra Latif Qureshi

Nusra Latif Qureshi

by Hammad Nasar
Artist essays

Nusra Latif Qureshi was born in Pakistan in 1973 and originally trained in the traditional art of Mughal miniature (musaviri) paintings.

Portrait of Truganini, daughter of the Chief of Bruny Island, Van Diemens Land, c. 1835

Black and white history

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

English artist Benjamin Duterrau took up the cause of the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania with his detailed and sympathetic renderings.

Barry Humphries

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

Milton Glaser Art is Work

Portraits and other stories

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

As the National Portrait Gallery opens its exhibition of portrait and figurative work by veteran photographer Sam Haskins, the artist reflects on the highlights of his fifty-year career so far.

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.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, 1997

The Vanity model

Magazine article by David Friend, 2009

Vanity Fair Editor David Friend describes how the rebirth of the magazine sated our desire for access into the lives of celebrities and set the standard for the new era of portrait photography.

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.

Nick Mourtzakis

A non-material and non-physical portrait

Lecture, 21 May 2011
General content

Inner Worlds features the recently commissioned portrait of world-renowned philosopher of consciousness David Chalmers by Melbourne-based artist Nick Mourtzakis.

Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing V (Part II), 2010 Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory drawing series
by Nikhil Chopra

Nikhil Chopra

by Rattanamol Johal
Artist essays

Nikhil Chopra was born in 1974, in Calcutta. His first degree was in commerce, but in 1997 he took up fine art studies, eventually gaining a Masters in Fine Art from Ohio State University, United States.

General Birdwood, the Idol of Anzac, taking a dip in the sea after a hard days work 1915

In the thick of it

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Projecting the splendour of the empire, and the resolve of its subjects, the bust of William Birdwood keeps a stiff upper lip in the National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Nicole Kidman

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.

Untitled, 2020 Steph Fuller

The look and the feel

Living Memory exhibition essay
General content

Editor Stephen Phillips looks at the finalists' photographs through a judge's lens.

Surfing, Noosa, 1970s Stuart Spence

The play’s the thing

About Face article

Penelope Grist charts an immersive path through Stuart Spence’s photography.

Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987

Aussies all

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

The exhibition Aussies all features the ecclectic portrait photography of Rennie Ellis which captures Australian life during the 70s and 80s.

Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955 Richard Avedon

The right note

Magazine article by Leslie Ureña, 2020

Marian Anderson’s glorious voice thrust her into stardom, and a more reluctant role as American civil rights pioneer.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Tiny Trace of a Colonial Giant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

At just 7.8 x 6.2 cm, the daguerreotype of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa is one of the smallest works in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Sandor Ferenczis 50th birthday dinner, Budapest, 1923

Less than six degrees of separation

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2011

Anne Sanders finds connections in Inner Worlds between Hungarian expatriates and the development of psychoanalysis in Australia.

Self portrait with gladioli

Money and swat

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2007

Andrew Sayers discusses the real cost of George Lambert's Self portrait with gladioli 1922.

Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone

Of beef in burgundy

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2017

Angus Trumble reveals the complex technical mastery behind a striking recent acquisition, Henry Bone’s enamel portrait of William Manning.

Untitled (girl on chair with red shoes) by Violet Frisby

Finding Mrs Frisby

Magazine article by Robyn Sweaney, 2016

Robyn Sweaney's quiet Violet obsession.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

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Forum participants

General content

Biographies of participants in the Writing lives, revealing lives forum.

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

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.

Portrait of Elizabeth Gould with a raptor, possibly a red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus), painted in her lifetime Artist unknown

Birds of a feather

Magazine article by Annette Twyman, 2021

Charting a path from cockatiel to finch, Annette Twyman explores her family portraits and stories.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Thrown together

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Shipmates for years, James Cook and Joseph Banks each kept a journal but neither man shed light on their relationship.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Confessional conversations

The portraiture of Kristin Headlam
Magazine article by Fiona Gruber, 2015

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

Shall I raise my eyebrows and gasp? (Alex), 2011 by TextaQueen

Pen power

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Politics and personae in the portraiture of TextaQueen by Jane Raffan.

Geoffrey Graham

The mind's eye

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

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

Mary Ann Lawrence, 1841

Fits of delicacy and despair

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Henry Mundy's portraits flesh out notions of propriety and good taste in a convict colony.

Sir Henry Unton

Icons and imagery

Magazine article by Alison Weir, 2011

Alison Weir explores the National Portrait Gallery, London and the BP Portrait Award to find what makes a good painted portrait - past and present.

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.

Murray frees himself from straightjacket in public, 1928 by Sam Hood

Risky business

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2016

John Zubrzycki lauds the characters of the Australian escapology trade.

Self portrait

In good company

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Jean Appleton’s 1965 self portrait makes a fine addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection writes Joanna Gilmour.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

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

Night Owl, 2013 by Fiona McMonagle
Private Collection, NSW

Fiona McMonagle

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Fiona aims to create a dangerous situation with a flood of water on the paper, forcing each work to the point where it can fail, and then rescuing it. 

Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol

A spectral sentience

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

Aimee Board reveals method, motivation and mortality in the portraiture of Rod McNicol.

Jacki Weaver

Flash mob

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow trains her exacting lens on the nine photographs from 20/20.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

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

Explore The Popular Pet Show

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. 

Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown

The Royal she

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2019

Traversing paint and pixels, Inga Walton examines portraits of select women in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

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.

Mary (or Diana) Croker, mat woman, Colchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

Dempsey’s People curator David Hansen chronicles a research tale replete with serendipity, adventure and Tasmanian tigers.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent

A feast of friends

Magazine article by Richard Ormond, 2015

John Singer Sargent: a painter at the vanguard of contemporary movements in music, literature and theatre.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
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.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

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.

Lesley Harding

Faces of war

Lecture, 14 May 2011
General content

Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne explores Albert Tucker’s experience of World War II, his interests in the intersection between psychology and creativity, and their influence on his portrait making.

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