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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.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

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Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

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.’

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

Michael Peck

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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.

Summer 1986 Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson’s painting of Michael Boddy gives paws for thought The Australian, 26 November 2016

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

Summer 1986 Janet Dawson

Petite beauty marries gentle giant

Passion

Books, beets and heat

The Reorientalist, 2013 by Juan Ford

Reflection

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A coincidence of intense self-reflection and the motif of the play-weapon occurs in the work of Melbourne artists Juan Ford and Michael Peck.

Walking in tall grass, Lucy, 2010 by Jan Nelson

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The exhibition features work from Jan Nelson, Natasha Bieniek, Patricia Piccinini, Juan Ford, Petrina Hicks, Ron Mueck, Yanni Floros, Sam Jinks, Michael Peck and Robin Eley.

Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

A photographer’s glamorous friends

Nearest & Dearest

Community, arts, activism

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the Flesh 15 October 2014

Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Inside Heide’s lives

It's Complicated

Happiness to heartache

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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.

Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy

Rugby great unveiled 1 December 2014

Archived media releases 2014

A new portrait commission of Australian Rugby great, Ken Catchpole OAM by Gary Grealy will be officially unveiled on 3 December.

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

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.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

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.

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Resilience Indigenous leadership

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Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Neville Bonner, Lowitja O'Donoghue, Mandawuy Yunupingu and Adam Goodes

Still Life (Pieta), 2007 by Sam Jinks

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In the flesh is realised through moments of intimacy, empathy, transitions in life and the transience of life, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, self-reflection, mortality and acceptance.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board

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.

The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson

Textiles Scientist Voted the People’s Favourite 27 March 2019

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The black and white portrait of an elderly woman with sidelong glance and irreverent, contemplative smile has taken out the people’s choice award in this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 by Louise Hearman

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Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Margaret Seares, 2018 Cherry Hood

Margaret Seares, 2018 by Cherry Hood

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

Dr Claire Roberts

References

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About the exhibition curator Claire Roberts, and writers Eugene Wang and Zhang Letian.

The vigil, 2011 by Anthony Anderton

Anthony Anderton

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

The Bare story

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

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious NPPP 2014 exhibition essay

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Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2014 Prize.

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

NPPP 2016 exhibition essay

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

Jack With Flossy, 2016 by Anna Culliton

Anna Culliton

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Anna Culliton never had a colouring-in book when she was little. Her parents –Tony, a filmmaker, and Stephanie, a painter – wouldn’t let her have one. Instead, they insisted on her drawing her own pictures to colour-in. 

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

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

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

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Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.