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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Bert Newton, 2006 Robin Sellick
Bert Newton, 2006 Robin Sellick
Bert Newton, 2006 Robin Sellick

Bert Newton, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton
Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton
Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton

Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Janice McIllree 2007

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2017

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

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

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 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

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 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

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 (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

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

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 (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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Gail Kelly, 2018 Paul Newton

Gail Kelly, 2018 by Paul Newton

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

The Last Paul Mumme Work, 2015 video: 3 minutes

The Last Paul Mumme Work, 2015 by Paul Mumme

General content

Finalist, DPA 2016

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.

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

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

The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot), 1999 Lewis Morley
The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot), 1999 Lewis Morley
The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot), 1999 Lewis Morley

The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot), 1999 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

Portrait 36 June - August 2010

Magazine

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

Portrait 45 Winter 2013

Magazine

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

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

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

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

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Portrait 58 Summer 2017-18

Magazine

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

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.

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.

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.

Queenie McKenzie Nakara, 1997 Greg Weight

She saved his life. He showed her painting.

Nearest & Dearest

Leaders, painters, friends

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, 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

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.

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.

Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang
Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang
Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang

Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 video: 15 seconds

Art Handlers' Award

General content

The winner of our Art Handlers' Award receives $1000 and free return transport for their photograph, courtesy of International Art Services.

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

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.
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

Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche

Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Claudia Hyles, Dr Christiane Lawin-Bruessel, Gwenda Matthews, Gael Newton, Anne O'Hehir, Susan Smith and Dominic Thomas in memory of our friend, Robyn Beeche 2016

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

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

The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot), 1999 Lewis Morley

Reveries Photography and mortality

Previous exhibition, 2007

Featuring works by Australian and New Zealand photographers from the late 1970s up to the present day Reveries focuses on images made in the presence of or consciousness of death.

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

Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alana Landsberry and Bauer Media Australia 2019

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.

Self Portrait (Textanude) by Arlene TextaQueen

Animated Self Portraits Online

Previous exhibition, 2008

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

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.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous Karin Catt Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

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

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

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.

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

Untitled#15 from Tour of Duty series (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999), 1999-2000 Matthew Sleeth

Oz Elsewhere Get me outta here

General content

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

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, 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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Vanity Fair Portraits Photographs 1913-2008

Previous exhibition, 2009

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

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

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

Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

My Favourite Australian

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2009

The Australian public was invited in 2008 to vote for their favourite Australian.  After the votes were tallied an exhibition of the top-ten Popular Australians and the top-twenty unsung heroes was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

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

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

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

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

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.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Australia and the Nobel Prize

Previous exhibition, 2003

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

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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Supporters $5,000 - $9,999

Honour board
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

General content

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

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond profiles a handful of the entrants in first National Photographic Portrait Prize and notes emerging themes and categories.

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

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.

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

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

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

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

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

John McRae

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Dan the man

Magazine article by India Bednall, 2015

Martin Philbey’s portrait of Dan Sultan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Tony Shaw, 2018 by Sarah Rhodes

General content

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

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 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’.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

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

Moonboy, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Tim Storrier, 2013

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

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.

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.

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

Tony Bilson, c. 2005 George Fetting

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Cathy Freeman, 1994

Depth of Field

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2004

The exhibition Depth of Field displays a selection of portrait photographs that reflect the strength and diversity of Australian achievement.

Surfing, Noosa, 1970s Stuart Spence

The play’s the thing

About Face article

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

Vanity Fair, April, 2004

International issue

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond looks at the history of the Vanity Fair magazine in conjunction with the exhibition Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008

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.

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.

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.

Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, 1997

The Vanity model

Magazine article by David Friend, 2009

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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 by William Dobell

Bill and Ted's excellent portrait.

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow on Messrs Dobell and MacMahon and the art of friendship.

Mirka Mora, 2001 Greg Weight

It's a Mora!

Magazine article by Tedi Bills, 2016

Select extracts from Mirka Mora's autobiography, Wicked but Virtuous, provide rich accompaniment to recent Gallery acquisitions.  

Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt

Home truths

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Despite once expressing a limited interest in the self portrait, the idea of it has figured strongly in much of Tracey Moffatt's work and has done so in some of her most distinctive and compelling images.

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.

Dulcie Deamer, c. 1920

Out of the shadows

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour profiles the life and times of the shutter sisters May and Mina Moore.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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