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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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Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2013

Aspects of singer songwriter Paul Kelly’s performance persona are communicated by portraits selected from a range of artists and leading music photographers in this focus exhibition.

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

Portrait, synthetic polymer and enamel paint on canvas

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

Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton

Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton

Portrait, digital HD video 8 minutes 54 seconds

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2013

Paul Kelly, 2007 Martin Philbey
Paul Kelly, 2007 Martin Philbey
Paul Kelly, 2007 Martin Philbey

Paul Kelly, 2007 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Gail Kelly, 2018 Paul Newton
Gail Kelly, 2018 Paul Newton
Gail Kelly, 2018 Paul Newton

Gail Kelly, 2018 Paul Newton

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

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.

Paul Kelly, 2007 Peter Brew-Bevan
Paul Kelly, 2007 Peter Brew-Bevan
Paul Kelly, 2007 Peter Brew-Bevan

Paul Kelly, 2007 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Brew-Bevan 2012

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

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.

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Capture of the Kelly Gang of Australian Bushrangers.- 1. Ruins of Jones's Hotel, Glenrowan where the outlaws were besieged by the Police.- 2. Ned Kelly's Suit of Armour.- 3. Policeman in Bush Costume.- 4. Ned Kelly at Bay.- 5. A Black Tracker.- 6. Ned Kelly in the goal Hospital at Melbourne., 1880 The Graphic
Capture of the Kelly Gang of Australian Bushrangers.- 1. Ruins of Jones's Hotel, Glenrowan where the outlaws were besieged by the Police.- 2. Ned Kelly's Suit of Armour.- 3. Policeman in Bush Costume.- 4. Ned Kelly at Bay.- 5. A Black Tracker.- 6. Ned Kelly in the goal Hospital at Melbourne., 1880 The Graphic
Capture of the Kelly Gang of Australian Bushrangers.- 1. Ruins of Jones's Hotel, Glenrowan where the outlaws were besieged by the Police.- 2. Ned Kelly's Suit of Armour.- 3. Policeman in Bush Costume.- 4. Ned Kelly at Bay.- 5. A Black Tracker.- 6. Ned Kelly in the goal Hospital at Melbourne., 1880 The Graphic

Capture of the Kelly Gang of Australian Bushrangers.- 1. Ruins of Jones's Hotel, Glenrowan where the outlaws were besieged by the Police.- 2. Ned Kelly's Suit of Armour.- 3. Policeman in Bush Costume.- 4. Ned Kelly at Bay.- 5. A Black Tracker.- 6. Ned Kelly in the goal Hospital at Melbourne., 1880 The Graphic

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Ned Kelly and death masks 'Judge a person by their cover'

Portrait story

Alexandra Roginski explains the history behind the pseudo-science of phrenology.

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880), 1880 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

'Les Batteurs de Buisson en Australie - Une balle avait atteint le bandit au genou' Front cover of 'Journal des Voyages', 1884 depicting Ned Kelly Castelli, Perrychon
'Les Batteurs de Buisson en Australie - Une balle avait atteint le bandit au genou' Front cover of 'Journal des Voyages', 1884 depicting Ned Kelly Castelli, Perrychon
'Les Batteurs de Buisson en Australie - Une balle avait atteint le bandit au genou' Front cover of 'Journal des Voyages', 1884 depicting Ned Kelly Castelli, Perrychon

'Les Batteurs de Buisson en Australie - Une balle avait atteint le bandit au genou' Front cover of 'Journal des Voyages', 1884 depicting Ned Kelly, 1884 Castelli, Perrychon

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Henry "Seaman" Dan, 2009 Nathan Kelly
Henry "Seaman" Dan, 2009 Nathan Kelly
Henry "Seaman" Dan, 2009 Nathan Kelly

Henry "Seaman" Dan, 2009 Nathan Kelly

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004 John Elliott
Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004 John Elliott
Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004 John Elliott

Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Michael Kelly, 1998 Rick Amor
Michael Kelly, 1998 Rick Amor
Michael Kelly, 1998 Rick Amor

Michael Kelly, 1998 Rick Amor

Portrait, softground etching on paper

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

Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880 Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Portrait, wood-engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Ned Kelly, 1880 The Illustrated London News
Ned Kelly, 1880 The Illustrated London News
Ned Kelly, 1880 The Illustrated London News

Ned Kelly, 1880 The Illustrated London News

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Ned Kelly's armour (from The Australasian Sketcher, 3 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Ned Kelly's armour (from The Australasian Sketcher, 3 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Ned Kelly's armour (from The Australasian Sketcher, 3 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Ned Kelly's armour (from The Australasian Sketcher, 3 July 1880), 1880 Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Portrait, wood-engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery Study Collection, Canberra
Gift of John Molony 2018

Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch
Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch
Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch

Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch

Portrait, cast bronze on black granite plinth

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly

John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Bee Miles, 1976 Roderick Shaw

Good, bad and the ugly

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond explores what makes a portrait subject significant.

Paul Cox, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman
Paul Cox, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman
Paul Cox, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman

Paul Cox, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2015

Paul Beadle, c. 1950 Max Dupain
Paul Beadle, c. 1950 Max Dupain
Paul Beadle, c. 1950 Max Dupain

Paul Beadle, c. 1950 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove
Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove
Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove

Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes

David Campese by Paul Newton

Portrait story

An interview with Paul Newton, the creator of the portrait of rugby legend David Campese.

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Patrick Corrigan AM 2009

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey
Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Patrick Corrigan AM 2009

Paul Boston, 1995 Rick Amor
Paul Boston, 1995 Rick Amor
Paul Boston, 1995 Rick Amor

Paul Boston, 1995 Rick Amor

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rick Amor and Meg Williams 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Paul Haefliger, 1974 Judy Cassab
Paul Haefliger, 1974 Judy Cassab
Paul Haefliger, 1974 Judy Cassab

Paul Haefliger, 1974 Judy Cassab

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich

Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich

Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017

Paul Ah Chee, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Paul Ah Chee, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Paul Ah Chee, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Paul Ah Chee, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Paul Partos 1, 1980, 1980 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney
Paul Partos 1, 1980, 1980 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney
Paul Partos 1, 1980, 1980 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney

Paul Partos 1, 1980, 1980 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Paul Taylor 1, 1984, 1984 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney
Paul Taylor 1, 1984, 1984 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney
Paul Taylor 1, 1984, 1984 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney

Paul Taylor 1, 1984, 1984 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979 Paul Worstead

Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

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

Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979 Paul Worstead

Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

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

Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979 Paul Worstead

Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

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

Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979 Paul Worstead

Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

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

Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979 Paul Worstead

Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

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

Paul van Ratingen - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne
Paul van Ratingen - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne
Paul van Ratingen - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne

Paul van Ratingen - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne

Portrait, type C photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2009

Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald
Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald
Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald

Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Bruno Grollo 1999

Creatures of Leisure series (Martin Plaza), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Martin Plaza), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Martin Plaza), 1982 Paul Worstead

Creatures of Leisure series (Martin Plaza), 1982 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Creatures of Leisure series (Reg Mombassa), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Reg Mombassa), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Reg Mombassa), 1982 Paul Worstead

Creatures of Leisure series (Reg Mombassa), 1982 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Creatures of Leisure series (Greedy Smith), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Greedy Smith), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Greedy Smith), 1982 Paul Worstead

Creatures of Leisure series (Greedy Smith), 1982 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Creatures of Leisure series (Peter O'Doherty), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Peter O'Doherty), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Peter O'Doherty), 1982 Paul Worstead

Creatures of Leisure series (Peter O'Doherty), 1982 Paul Worstead

Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

George Nicholas, 1955 Paul Fitzgerald
George Nicholas, 1955 Paul Fitzgerald
George Nicholas, 1955 Paul Fitzgerald

George Nicholas, 1955 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Hilton Nicholas AM OBE 2010

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Inspiration + Realisation: John Singer Sargent

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Katherine Russell examines the art of Australian artist Paul Newton, referencing the portraiture of John Singer Sargent.

Patrick Corrigan, 2006 Paul Newton
Patrick Corrigan, 2006 Paul Newton
Patrick Corrigan, 2006 Paul Newton

Patrick Corrigan, 2006 Paul Newton

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2007

Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald
Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald
Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald

Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mercy Health and Aged Care 2006

Imelda Roche, 2003 Paul Newton
Imelda Roche, 2003 Paul Newton
Imelda Roche, 2003 Paul Newton

Imelda Roche, 2003 Paul Newton

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2003

Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford
Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford
Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford

Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford

Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of The Australian Industry Group 2012

Portrait of Frank Lowy AC, 2014 Paul Newton
Portrait of Frank Lowy AC, 2014 Paul Newton
Portrait of Frank Lowy AC, 2014 Paul Newton

Portrait of Frank Lowy AC, 2014 Paul Newton

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

L. Ian Roach, 1994 Paul Fitzgerald
L. Ian Roach, 1994 Paul Fitzgerald
L. Ian Roach, 1994 Paul Fitzgerald

L. Ian Roach, 1994 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Australian Securities Exchange 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder
Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder
Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder

Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford
Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford
Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

Portrait, cast bronze on wooden base

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

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Bill Robertson, 2008 Paul Gosney

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Mark and Nick Seymour, 1997 Nathan Kelly
Mark and Nick Seymour, 1997 Nathan Kelly
Mark and Nick Seymour, 1997 Nathan Kelly

Mark and Nick Seymour, 1997 Nathan Kelly

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Professor Paul Korner, 2011 Andrew Sullivan
Professor Paul Korner, 2011 Andrew Sullivan
Professor Paul Korner, 2011 Andrew Sullivan

Professor Paul Korner, 2011 Andrew Sullivan

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ann Korner, Nicholas Korner, Anthony Korner and Harriet Bingham 2015

Dr Paul Scully-Power, 2005 Evert Ploeg
Dr Paul Scully-Power, 2005 Evert Ploeg
Dr Paul Scully-Power, 2005 Evert Ploeg

Dr Paul Scully-Power, 2005 Evert Ploeg

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with donated funds 2006

Portrait of David Gonski AC, 2012 Paul Newton
Portrait of David Gonski AC, 2012 Paul Newton
Portrait of David Gonski AC, 2012 Paul Newton

Portrait of David Gonski AC, 2012 Paul Newton

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Major General Paul Cullen, 2002 Mathew Lynn
Major General Paul Cullen, 2002 Mathew Lynn
Major General Paul Cullen, 2002 Mathew Lynn

Major General Paul Cullen, 2002 Mathew Lynn

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the New South Wales Jewish War Memorial 2002

Paul Hasluck Louis Kahan
Paul Hasluck Louis Kahan
Paul Hasluck Louis Kahan

Paul Hasluck, Louis Kahan

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Paul Grabowsky, 2009 Martin Philbey

Feel the music

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian composer Paul Grabowsky by photographer Martin Philbey.

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer

Portrait, watercolour over pencil on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Major General Paul Cullen, 2002 Mathew Lynn

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.

Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed

Paul Kelly learning resource

Learning resources

This learning resource package is designed for educators of secondary students as a companion to the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Paul Kelly & The Portraits.

Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits media information 18 June 2013

Archived media releases 2013

Paul Kelly & The Portraits presents a multifaceted image of the performer over the course of his career.

Gail Kelly, 2018 Paul Newton

Gail Kelly, 2018 by Paul Newton

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880 Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Portrait, wood-engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880 Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

The Last Paul Mumme Work, 2015 video: 3 minutes

The Last Paul Mumme Work, 2015 by Paul Mumme

General content

Finalist, DPA 2016

Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong
Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong
Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong

Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000 Bruce Armstrong

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on board

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

Portrait 45 Winter 2013

Magazine

This issue features Paul Kelly, Rineke Dijkstra, John Brack, the National Photographic Portrait Prize and more.

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Portrait 13 September - November 2004

Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Nancy Wake, Jon Campbell's portrait of Paul Kelly, George Selth Coppin, Henri Cartier-Bresson and more.

Archie Roach, 1992 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Archie Roach, 1992 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Archie Roach, 1992 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Archie Roach, 1992 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Queenie McKenzie Nakara, 1997 Greg Weight

She saved his life. He showed her painting.

Nearest & Dearest

Leaders, painters, friends

Jimmy Little, Dubbo Reconciliation Group Event, 2000 Mervyn Bishop
Jimmy Little, Dubbo Reconciliation Group Event, 2000 Mervyn Bishop
Jimmy Little, Dubbo Reconciliation Group Event, 2000 Mervyn Bishop

Jimmy Little, Dubbo Reconciliation Group Event, 2000 Mervyn Bishop

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Jimmy Little, Sydney, 2004 John Elliott
Jimmy Little, Sydney, 2004 John Elliott
Jimmy Little, Sydney, 2004 John Elliott

Jimmy Little, Sydney, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Jimmy Little, 2003 Juno Gemes
Jimmy Little, 2003 Juno Gemes
Jimmy Little, 2003 Juno Gemes

Jimmy Little, 2003 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of Kev Carmody, Song Cycles Pty Ltd.

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews

Pub Rock Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Current exhibition

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Ruby Hunter, 1996 (printed 2012) Jacqueline Mitelman
Ruby Hunter, 1996 (printed 2012) Jacqueline Mitelman
Ruby Hunter, 1996 (printed 2012) Jacqueline Mitelman

Ruby Hunter, 1996 (printed 2012) Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson
Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson
Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson

Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

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

Festival opening night dinner with Paul West 25 August 2016

General content

Join the host of River Cottage Australia for a special meal and conversation

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden
Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden
Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden

Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Portrait 36 June - August 2010

Magazine

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

12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane
12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane
12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane

12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane

Portrait, drypoint on 12 sheets of paper, unique state prints on paper

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

Cyril Henschke in his tasting room at Keyneton, 1968 Douglass Baglin
Cyril Henschke in his tasting room at Keyneton, 1968 Douglass Baglin
Cyril Henschke in his tasting room at Keyneton, 1968 Douglass Baglin

Cyril Henschke in his tasting room at Keyneton, 1968 Douglass Baglin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson

Face the music

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Face the Music explores the remarkable talents and achievements of Australian musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities associated with the music industry.

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey
Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey
Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ruth and Peter McMullin 2013

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes

Proof Portraits from The Movement 1978-2003

Previous exhibition, 2003

Portraits from The Movement is the first comprehensive survey of photographs from the Juno Gemes archive, which has supported the Aboriginal struggle for justice in Australia from 1978 to the present day.

Portrait 58 Summer 2017-18

Magazine

Paul Cézanne, Bill Henson and Simone Young, Australian cinema’s iconic women, and Feminist portraits by Kate Just.

William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh

William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, ciment fondue

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis

Help warm the Canberra community 4 July 2016

Archived media releases 2016

National Portrait Gallery and the St Vincent de Paul Society are asking Canberrans to pick up their knitting needles and crochet hooks to create warm winter scarves to assist people in need.

Prison and death in the 19th century Two iBooks of authentic records

Learning resources

16 inmates including Ned Kelly, Captain Moonlite and Frederick Deeming. And 12 sketches of the deceased, including several children.

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 by Peter Hudson

General content

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

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop

A handful of sand

Magazine article by Ellen Kent, 2007

Ellen Kent examines the portrait of Vincent Lingiari and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam taken by photographer Mervyn Bishop.

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Me Myself I

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2001

Andrew Sayers explores the self-portraits created by Australian artist Sidney Nolan.

Dorothy Porter, 2001-2002 Rick Amor
Dorothy Porter, 2001-2002 Rick Amor
Dorothy Porter, 2001-2002 Rick Amor

Dorothy Porter, 2001-2002 Rick Amor

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Andrea Goldsmith 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Dan the man

Magazine article by India Bednall, 2015

Martin Philbey’s portrait of Dan Sultan.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Protest! How can we dance when our earth is turning?

General content

Rock’s raw potency made it the ideal medium for fomenting protest. The 1970s, 80s and onwards saw calls for social and environmental justice ring out through song.

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

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
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

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.

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Nolan Heads

Previous exhibition, 2001

Nolan Heads will focus on the portraiture of one of Australia's most original painters and one of the few to have achieved an international reputation

Kylie, 2004

Kylie An Exhibition

Previous exhibition, 2005

Kylie Minogue, one of Australia's most famous cultural exports is now the subject of her own exhibition.

Peter Carey, 1989 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Peter Carey, 1989 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Peter Carey, 1989 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Peter Carey, 1989 (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

Peter Carey, 1989 Lewis Morley
Peter Carey, 1989 Lewis Morley
Peter Carey, 1989 Lewis Morley

Peter Carey, 1989 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

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

Magazine article by Tegan Mcauley, 2015

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

Portrait 54 Spring 2016

Magazine

Explore an Indian treasure trove, photography by Robert McFarlane and Nan Goldin, Michael Taylor's expressionist paintings, the Great War portraits, and more!

Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood

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

Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant
Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant
Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant

Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter

15 minutes of frame international Wellington, Edinburgh, Canberra

Event, Wednesday 10 March

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

Free.
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

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

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

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.

John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh

John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, terracotta

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood

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

King Edward VII, 1910 by George Lambert

Of Kings and men Celebrating 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection

Previous exhibition, 2011

This display celebrates 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection and its role in commissioning portraits of parliamentary and judicial figures in Australia.

Our only concern is the void, 2013 video: 12 minutes

Our only concern is the void, 2013 by Nik Lee

General content

Winner, MDPA 2013

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews

Announcing... Pub Rock 11 August 2020

Media

An exhibition that celebrates the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on the nation’s identity, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 5 September, 2020.

Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Study for portrait of Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Self Creation

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2006

Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers recalls meeting iconic Australian artist Sidney Nolan.

 

Self portrait in plus fours, c. 1939 (cast 2003) Lyndon Dadswell
Self portrait in plus fours, c. 1939 (cast 2003) Lyndon Dadswell
Self portrait in plus fours, c. 1939 (cast 2003) Lyndon Dadswell

Self portrait in plus fours, c. 1939 (cast 2003) Lyndon Dadswell

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott

Thousand Mile Stare Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

Thousand mile stare provides a unique portrait of people of rural Australia

Self Portrait (Textanude) by Arlene TextaQueen

Animated Self Portraits Online

Previous exhibition, 2008

Animated is the National Portrait Gallery's first online exhibition.

Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan
Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan
Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan

Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Jean Bellette, 1937 Adrian Lawlor
Jean Bellette, 1937 Adrian Lawlor
Jean Bellette, 1937 Adrian Lawlor

Jean Bellette, 1937 Adrian Lawlor

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson

True fella

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

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

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2004

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2004

The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae
The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae
The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae

The fortepianist - portrait of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, 2011 Jude Rae

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Andrew Lu OAM 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

History in the Frame History (Years 3 to 6)

Virtual Excursions

From Truganini to Ned Kelly - we investigate a range of portraits to piece together Australia's development as a nation. Discover people's migration and colonisation stories, different perspectives and the historical value of portraiture.

Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh
Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh
Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh

Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
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.

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Cast 1999 from terracotta donated by Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999

Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan

Harold Holt, 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

Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw
Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw
Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw

Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Reg, Lesley, Glen and Paul Thoms 2011

Sir Asher Joel Louis Kahan
Sir Asher Joel Louis Kahan
Sir Asher Joel Louis Kahan

Sir Asher Joel, Louis Kahan

Portrait, pencil on paper

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

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan
Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan
Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Hon RL Hunter QC 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

My Favourite Australian

My Favourite Australian

Previous exhibition, 2008

My Favourite Australian is a project developed in collaboration with ABC TV and the people of Australia.

Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans
Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans
Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer

Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Janet Holmes á Court, 2001 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Janet Holmes á Court, 2001 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Janet Holmes á Court, 2001 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Janet Holmes á Court, 2001 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside
Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside
Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside

Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Madeleine Howell 2013

Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber
Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber
Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber

Heath Ledger, Prague, 2000 (printed 2009) Bruce Weber

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of Alan Dodge AM 2009

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and James Bryans 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir William Deane 2008 Merilyn Fairskye
Sir William Deane 2008 Merilyn Fairskye
Sir William Deane 2008 Merilyn Fairskye

Sir William Deane 2008, 2008 Merilyn Fairskye

Portrait, Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound, duration 2 minutes, 47 seconds

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

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.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (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.

Olivia Newton-John, 1978 (printed 2017) Gary Heery
Olivia Newton-John, 1978 (printed 2017) Gary Heery
Olivia Newton-John, 1978 (printed 2017) Gary Heery

Olivia Newton-John, 1978 (printed 2017) Gary Heery

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, c.1879 attributed to Charles Nettleton

The Portrait Gallery

General content

Photography played a significant role in the circulation of messages about law and order, and in the creation of sensation and celebrity. 

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes
Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes
Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on dibond

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Judge a person by their cover Death masks and phrenology

General content

Alexandra Roginski explains the history behind the pseudo-science of phrenology, popular in the nineteenth century.

Mark Richards, 1976 John Witzig
Mark Richards, 1976 John Witzig
Mark Richards, 1976 John Witzig

Mark Richards, 1976 John Witzig

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Mick Fanning at Snapper Rock, 2010 Andrew Maccoll
Mick Fanning at Snapper Rock, 2010 Andrew Maccoll
Mick Fanning at Snapper Rock, 2010 Andrew Maccoll

Mick Fanning at Snapper Rock, 2010 Andrew Maccoll

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Meryl Tankard, 2005 Ingvar Kenne
Meryl Tankard, 2005 Ingvar Kenne
Meryl Tankard, 2005 Ingvar Kenne

Meryl Tankard, 2005 Ingvar Kenne

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

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

Spring exhibition program 18 August 2020

Media

The following on-line and physical exhibitions are planned to open at the National Portrait Gallery in coming months. For those who can’t travel at present, selected works from all exhibitions will be included online

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the macabre & the portrait 5 December 2015

Archived media releases 2015

Bushrangers, oddities, true crime and scandal come together in this modern day cabinet of curiosities.

Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Tribute Bob Ellis

Magazine article, 2016

Bob Ellis (1942–2016) was a journalist, columnist, screenwriter, film director, playwright, speechwriter and critic.

Fans at an Easybeats concert, Sydney Stadium, 1965 Bob King

Oz Origins A little bit louder now

General content

Australia’s passion for rock ‘n roll was kindled by American and British acts in the 1950s and 60s. The novel genre’s driving, licentious rhythms and voices captured imaginations and libidos, not to mention aspiring young musicians.

Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson
Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson
Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson

Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson

Portrait, oil on canvas board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Geoffrey Tozer 2012

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

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

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

Collection: Icons Volume Two

Previous exhibition, 2018

The second instalment of a display featuring bold contemporary portraits drawn from the collection. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis
Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis
Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis

Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley Myself and Eye

Previous exhibition, 2003

Lewis Morley has a great eye for a shot and a sharp ear for a pun

Karen Quinlan AM

Karen Quinlan AM

Biography

Karen Quinlan AM took up her appointment as Director of the National Portrait Gallery in December 2018. Karen commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at National Gallery of Victoria before becoming Curator of Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996, and the Director of Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018. Karen was a Professor of Practice and previously Director of the La Trobe Art Institute La Trobe University, a former Trustee of the State Library of Victoria, Board Member and former Chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

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

Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen

Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

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Supporters $5,000 - $9,999

Honour board
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

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.

Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman
Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman
Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman

Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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Artist interviews Headspace 4

General content
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds donated by BHP Billiton Limited, Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund, Newmont Australia Limited, Reconciliation Australia, Hon Paul Keating and Hon Fred Chaney 2006

Surfing, Noosa, 1970s Stuart Spence

The play’s the thing

About Face article

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

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

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.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

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.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

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.

Hugh, 2009 by Hugh Marchant

National Youth Self Portrait Prize NYSPP 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

An annual event, the National Youth Self Portrait Prize seeks to encourage young people to embrace self portraiture and its expressive possibilities.

Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood

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

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

A guy from Paris

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

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

Norman Lindsay, 1936 Max Dupain

Max Dupain The Vintage Years

Previous exhibition, 2003

During his long and distinguished career Max Dupain took thousands of photographs of people

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

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.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Themes and variations (Annelies) A13, 1946

Listening to form

Magazine article by Jane Kinsman, 2007

National Gallery of Australia curator Jane Kinsman discusses the portraiture of Henri Matisse.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

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.

Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York, May 9, 1901, 1903 by Tom Roberts

Empire records

Magazine article by Kylie Scroope, 2011

Celebrates the centenary of the first national art collection, the Historic Memorials Collection, housed at Australia's Parliament House.

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Summertime Fun at the National Portrait Gallery 4 January 2019

Archived media releases 2019

Escape the heat this summer and step inside the National Portrait Gallery for an array of family-fun activities. From storytelling and drawing to music and art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Gallery.

Solo flight, 1977

Moving pictures

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

The exhibition California Video at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles demonstrated how video artists expand the boundaries of portraiture.

Robert Dessaix, 1998 Robert Hannaford
Robert Dessaix, 1998 Robert Hannaford
Robert Dessaix, 1998 Robert Hannaford

Robert Dessaix, 1998 Robert Hannaford

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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.

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Joan Croll, 1976 John Brack

String of Pearls

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2001

Andrew Sayers discusses the portrait of Dr Joan Croll AO by the Australian artist John Brack.

Baz Luhrmann, 2005 Ingvar Kenne

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, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

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.

Judges comments  video: 6 minutes and 12 seconds

More about the National Photographic Portrait Prize

General content

Comments from our judges and information about entering the 2017 Prize.

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

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.

James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase
James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase
James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase

James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gillian Appleton (McClelland) 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

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.

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.

Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis

Intense identity

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Chistopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian author Christos Tsiolkas taken by John Tsiavis.

Helen Nugent, Karen Quinlan and Angus Trumble

Ms Karen Quinlan appointed to lead the NPGA 25 September 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Karen Quinlan as its incoming Director.

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.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Sydney city (Patrick White and Tom Uren, Hiroshima Day demonstration), 1984

The activist A-list

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow examines a number of figures in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery who were pioneers or substantial supporters of the seminal Australian environmental campaigns of the early 1970s and 1980s.

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

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

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

First Ladies Significant Australian Women 1913–2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

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.

Alexander Pearce
executed for murder
July 19th 1824

Public hanging

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

As a convict Thomas Bock was required to sketch executed murders for science; as a free man, fashionable society portraits.

Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis

Jacki Weaver, 2018 by John Tsiavis

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Tony Shaw, 2018 by Sarah Rhodes

General content

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant

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

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood

The Fairfax Gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This article examines the portraits gifted to the National Portrait Gallery by Fairfax Holdings in 2003.

Self-portrait with bowler hat, 1885–6 by Paul Cézanne

Hail Cézanne

Magazine article by John Elderfield, 2017

John Elderfield lauds the portraiture of Paul Cézanne, the artist described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’.

Hilary McPhee, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman
Hilary McPhee, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman
Hilary McPhee, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman

Hilary McPhee, 2015 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2015

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

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.

Moonboy, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Tim Storrier, 2013

Tim Storrier describes the influences on the development of his artistic style.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Nicole Kidman, New York, 2003 Irving Penn

Penn on paper

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond discusses Irving Penn's photographic portrait of Nicole Kidman.

Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist

The 1850s to the 1880s

Mo and beard timeline

The restrained and cultivated facial hair fashions evident through the first decades of the 1800s were on the wane by the middle of the century, when hirsute faces became mainstream.

Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish), 1969 (reprinted 2011) John Witzig
Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish), 1969 (reprinted 2011) John Witzig
Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish), 1969 (reprinted 2011) John Witzig

Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish), 1969 (reprinted 2011) John Witzig

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

Tan Le, 2018 John Tsiavis

Tan Le, 2018 by John Tsiavis

General content

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

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

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.

Tony Bilson, c. 2005 George Fetting

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

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. 

Pat and Richard Larter, Luddenham, 1970s

Pin-ups

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Christopher Chapman describes the art and life of Australian artist Richard Larter.

Announcing.... In their own words 24 November 2020

Media

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Roy de Mastre, c. 1930

An Intimate Portrait of an Australian Artist in 1930

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

Lauren Dalla examines the life of Australian painter Roy de Maistre and his portrait by Jean Shepeard.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG 31 August 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and all the Staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Founding Patron, who died peacefully in Melbourne this morning. He was 94.

Untitled, 2011 © Kelly Tunney

Something old, something new

Magazine article by Andrew Mayo, 2017

Andrew Mayo considers the changing face of modern wedding photography through the eyes of two of its finest exponents, Dan O’Day and Kelly Tunney.

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

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.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

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.

Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

Magazine article by Patrick McCaughey, 2015

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

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.

Margaret Anderson, 1942 Napier Waller

The line of fire

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2005

Michelle Fracaro examines the life of World War II nurse Margaret Anderson, whose portrait by Napier Waller is in the NPG collection.

Daniel Johns, Silverchair Melbourne 2007 by Martin Philbey

Rock art

Magazine article by Andrew Mayo, 2016

Andrew Mayo talks to three of Australia’s most prominent and prolific music photographers — Martin Philbey, Kane Hibberd and Daniel Boud — about the challenges and inspiration behind their craft.

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert

Courage, Self-analysis and Skill

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2002

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

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

The National Portrait Prizes
29 January 2020

Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

Mrs Jordan, 1762-1816

One and all

Magazine article by Niamh MacNally, 2007

The current exhibition of portraits at the National Gallery of Ireland Print Gallery investigates just how paper-thin ideas of likeness are.

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.

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Forum participants

General content

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

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.

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David

The intellectual larrikin

Magazine article by Barrie Cassidy, 2019

Barrie Cassidy pays textured tribute to the inimitable Bob Hawke.

Martin Schoeller 2008

The God-shaped hole

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Exploring the photographs of Martin Schoeller, Michael Desmond delves into the uneasy pact that exists between celebrity and the camera.

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

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.

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

Roger Benjamin explores the intriguing union of Lina Bryans and Alex Jelinek.

Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian

Clay, water, fire

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

Ah Xian's porcelain portrait of paediatrician Dr. John Yu reflects Yu's heritage and interests.

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.

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.

Radical Restraint  
Justice Michael Kirby, 1998 Ralph Heimans

Judicial portraits

Magazine article by Leslie Moran, 2007

Leslie Moran investigates the portraits of judges in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Writing on the Wall, 2019 Dr Christian Thompson AO

To arrive at hope NPPP 2020 exhibition essay

General content

Penelope Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2020 Prize.

Herb Wharton, Cunnamulla, Qld, 2004 John Elliott

Thousand mile stare

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

John Elliott talks about his photographic portrait practice, including his iconic image of Slim Dusty arm-in-arm with Dame Edna Everage.

Dorothy Porter, 2001-2002 Rick Amor

Beautiful bones

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Sarah Engledow reflects on the shared life and writing of Dorothy Porter and Andrea Goldsmith.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Expect the unexpected

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour revels in accidental artist Charles Rodius’ nineteenth century renderings of Indigenous peoples.

Audience in the Palace Theater c1943

Exposed: Voyeurism Surveillance and the camera since 1870

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2010

The Tate/SFMOMA exhibition Exposed examined the role of photography in voyeurism and how it challenges ideas of privacy and propriety.

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain

Vintage Max

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2003

Gael Newton delves into the life and art of renowned Australian photographer, Max Dupain.

Studio of the American & Australasian Photographic Co., Hill End, 1872

A rogue's calling card

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Joanna Gilmour explores the stories behind the ninteenth-century carte de visites of bushrangers Frank Gardiner and Fred Lowry.

Dame Mary Gilmore, c. 1938 Lyall Trindall

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

Barry York charts the course from childhood request to autographed celebrity portrait anthology.

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.

Karl Robert, Count Nesselrode, 1818 by Sir Thomas Lawrence

The Lawrence lustre

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2019

Angus Trumble salutes the glorious portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty

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.

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, c. 1847 an unknown artist, Thomas Warton

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.

Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon

The existential lens

Magazine article by Stephen Zagala, 2013

Stephen Zagala discusses Richard Avedon’s work from an Australian perspective.

Portrait of George Selth Coppin, c. 1895-99 Tom Roberts

The Multifarious Career of George Selth Coppin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

George Selth Coppin (1819-1906) comedian, impresario and entrepreneur, was a driving force of the early Australian theatre.

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

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.

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Profile of a marriage

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the lives of Sir George Grey and his wife Eliza, the subjects of a pair of wax medallions in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Director John Duigan and actor Judy Davis on the set of ‘Winter of our Dreams’, Sydney, 1981 by Robert McFarlane

Natural born stiller

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist speaks to Robert McFarlane about shooting for the stars.

Albert Jonas and John Xiniwe of The African Choir, 1891 London Stereoscopic Co.

Back in black

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2017

Krysia Kitch reviews black chronicles at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

John Monash, 1919 James Quinn

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

Karl James gives short shrift to doubts about the profile of General Sir John Monash.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

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.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist explores the United Nations stories in the Gallery’s collection.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Cultural kaleidoscope

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

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

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.

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. 

Dave Graney, 1996 Bleddyn Butcher

Naked nostalgia

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist reminisces about the halcyon days of a print icon, before the infusion of the internet’s shades of grey.

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.

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.

Love City; George Gittoes on hilltop 2013

Man of war

Magazine article by Tedi Bills, 2016

Tedi Bills talks to George Gittoes about canvassing conflict.

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.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

Angus Trumble reflects on the force of nature that was Helena Rubinstein.

Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton

Generous Janice

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

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

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.

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.

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious NPPP 2014 exhibition essay

General content

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

Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation Lecture, 28 May 2011

General content

Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

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.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

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.

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.

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