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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.

Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong

Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

Lowe Kong Meng
Lowe Kong Meng
Lowe Kong Meng

Lowe Kong Meng, 2017

Pamela See
Portrait, papercut silhouette drawing

Purchased 2019

Lowe Kong Meng
Lowe Kong Meng
Lowe Kong Meng

Lowe Kong Meng, c. 1887

Ludwig Lang after Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Untitled from The Other Shore 2014-15, by Wei Leng Tay

Insight and identity

Magazine article by Olivier Krischer, 2016

Olivier Krischer in conversation with photographer Wei Leng Tay.

Stable Scene with Shane Dye
Stable Scene with Shane Dye
Stable Scene with Shane Dye

Stable Scene with Shane Dye, 2000

Noel McKenna
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Anne Boyd
Anne Boyd
Anne Boyd

Anne Boyd, 1977

Lewis Morley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Untitled, 1995 by Fang Lijun

Go Figure!

Contemporary Chinese Portraiture
Previous exhibition, 2012

A vibrant expression of Chinese culture and reflection on contemporary portraiture, drawn from the Uli Sigg collection.

The Mask of Barry Humphries
The Mask of Barry Humphries
The Mask of Barry Humphries

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marlene McCarthy 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940
	 by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton

Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2005

Accomplished illustrator, painter, writer and diarist, set designer and one of the most distinguished photographers of the twentieth century, Cecil Beaton is renowned for his portraits of well known faces from the worlds of fashion, literature, and film.

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Basil P. Bressler

Biography

Basil Philip Bressler, who died in 2000, was a surveyor with an amateur interest in art and music.

Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby

A gift from the heart

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

Lauren Dalla examines the life of Basil Bressler, the art patron responsible for one of the NPG's most important bequests.

Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little

Jeanne Little, 1994 (printed 2021)

Robin Sellick
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2021

Patrick Corrigan
Patrick Corrigan
Patrick Corrigan

Patrick Corrigan, 2006

Paul Newton
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2007

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

2013-14 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

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

Daddy Cool, Melbourne
Daddy Cool, Melbourne
Daddy Cool, Melbourne

Daddy Cool, Melbourne, 1974

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2005

Paul Capsis
Paul Capsis
Paul Capsis

Paul Capsis, 2004

Esther Erlich
Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017

The Reorientalist, 2013 by Juan Ford

Juan Ford

More about In the flesh artists

Juan Ford received a Master of Art, by research, from RMIT University in 2001. His many commissions include the National Gallery of Victoria’s interactive work You, me and the flock for Melbourne Now 2013/2014 and a project for Hotel de Immigrantes, a project in Manifesta 9, the European Biennale in 2012.

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.

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.

The Boss, Ross Wilson
The Boss, Ross Wilson
The Boss, Ross Wilson

The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009

Chris Budgeon
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portriat Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

Hedda Morrison
Hedda Morrison
Hedda Morrison

Hedda Morrison, 1941 (printed 2004)

Alastair Morrison
Portrait, type C photograph from an original negative on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes
Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes
Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes

Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes, 2020

Nic Walker
Portrait, archival pigment print on Canson Edition Etching cotton rag paper

Gift of the artist 2021

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts, 2003

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)

Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson), 2005

Tessa Jones
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Self portrait in reflection, 1973

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Alan Bond
Alan Bond
Alan Bond

Alan Bond, 1985

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

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

Reg Richardson AM

2015-17 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

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.

Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines

Marcia Hines, c. 1981

Lewis Morley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
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.

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

Uli Sigg

About the exhibition

General content

Portraits from the Sigg collection, from 1979 to the present including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.

Untitled, 1995 by Fang Lijun

Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture

12 July 2012
Previous media releases

Exhibited simultaneously at the two locations, Go Figure! is drawn from the Sigg Collection, the largest and most significant collection of contemporary Chinese art anywhere in the world.

Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine

Contemporary women artists make Australian history
Previous exhibition, 2018

This exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history, enriching the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

Charlie as he was, 2007

I'm not there

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008
Christopher Chapman looks at some contemporary portraits that explore the construction of identity.
Godfrey Miller

Form and reality

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

A photographic portrait by Kerry Dundas captures the contemplative mind of visionary painter Godfrey Miller.

Cate Blanchett

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

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.

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.

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

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.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Philanthropic donations enable otherwise unobtainable acquisition

20 October 2016
Archived media releases 2016

A magnanimous portrait of Helena Rubinstein has been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Commander Skyring, Gang-gang cockatoo by Leila Jeffreys

A real tweet

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow plays wingman to Leila Jeffreys.

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.

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.

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.

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Forum participants

General content

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

Quong Tart, 1880s

Finest quality

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of Chinese-Australian businessman and philanthropist Quong Tart.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Take thy face hence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2022

Joanna Gilmour travels through time to explore the National Portrait Gallery London’s masterpieces in Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Captain W Kinghorne

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy

Drawing inspiration

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman absorbs the gentle touch of Don Bachardy’s portraiture.

On the wall - Guangzhou (II), 2002

Go Figure!

Magazine article by Claire Roberts, 2013

Claire Roberts interviews Swiss art collector Uli Sigg.

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. 

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Janice Wakely

Generous Janice

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow puts four gifts to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection in context.

Lady Barkly

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

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.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

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