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

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

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Mr Don Baker, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Ms Sylvia Dropulich, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Professor Anthony Milner, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Ms Natasha Grishin, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

Dr Andree Rosenfeld, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell
Dr Andree Rosenfeld, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell
Dr Andree Rosenfeld, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Dr Andree Rosenfeld, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

Professor John Passmore, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell
Professor John Passmore, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell
Professor John Passmore, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Professor John Passmore, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, ink

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

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Professor Bernhard Neumann, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Professor Iain Wright, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Professor George Dracoulis, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Professor Iain McCalman, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Professor Patrick Troy, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Professor Peter Karmel, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

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Dr Virginia Hooker, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2014

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe 'Poetry, painting and princesses'

Portrait story

Artist Kristin Headlam and poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe discuss their art.

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2007

Justice Robin Millhouse, Maslin Beach, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Justice Robin Millhouse, Maslin Beach, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Justice Robin Millhouse, Maslin Beach, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

Justice Robin Millhouse, Maslin Beach, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

The Member of the Upper House "One of the Olden Time" [The Hon. John Alston Wallace M.L.C.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
The Member of the Upper House "One of the Olden Time" [The Hon. John Alston Wallace M.L.C.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
The Member of the Upper House "One of the Olden Time" [The Hon. John Alston Wallace M.L.C.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

The Member of the Upper House "One of the Olden Time" [The Hon. John Alston Wallace M.L.C.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

"A Traveller" 2nd Baron Lamington (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward
"A Traveller" 2nd Baron Lamington (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward
"A Traveller" 2nd Baron Lamington (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward

"A Traveller" 2nd Baron Lamington (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute

Adam Scott by Robin Sellick

Portrait story

An interview with photographer Robin Sellick about his portrait of golfing champion Adam Scott.

Amanda Vanstone, 2002 Robin Sellick
Amanda Vanstone, 2002 Robin Sellick
Amanda Vanstone, 2002 Robin Sellick

Amanda Vanstone, 2002 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Bill Northam, 1964 (printed 2004) Robin Smith
Bill Northam, 1964 (printed 2004) Robin Smith
Bill Northam, 1964 (printed 2004) Robin Smith

Bill Northam, 1964 (printed 2004) Robin Smith

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Molly Meldrum, 2004 Robin Sellick
Molly Meldrum, 2004 Robin Sellick
Molly Meldrum, 2004 Robin Sellick

Molly Meldrum, 2004 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Lleyton Hewitt, 1998 Robin Sellick
Lleyton Hewitt, 1998 Robin Sellick
Lleyton Hewitt, 1998 Robin Sellick

Lleyton Hewitt, 1998 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Harry Kewell, 2006 Robin Sellick
Harry Kewell, 2006 Robin Sellick
Harry Kewell, 2006 Robin Sellick

Harry Kewell, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick
Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick
Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick

Mark Webber, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

John Newcombe, 2006 Robin Sellick
John Newcombe, 2006 Robin Sellick
John Newcombe, 2006 Robin Sellick

John Newcombe, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

John Olsen, 1993 Robin Sellick
John Olsen, 1993 Robin Sellick
John Olsen, 1993 Robin Sellick

John Olsen, 1993 Robin Sellick

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

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

Robin Boyd, 1970 Mark Strizic
Robin Boyd, 1970 Mark Strizic
Robin Boyd, 1970 Mark Strizic

Robin Boyd, 1970 Mark Strizic

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

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

The golden girls: Jodie Henry, Lisbeth 'Libby' Trickett (née Lenton), Giaan Rooney, Alice Mills, Brooke Hanson, Liesel Jones, 2004 Robin Sellick
The golden girls: Jodie Henry, Lisbeth 'Libby' Trickett (née Lenton), Giaan Rooney, Alice Mills, Brooke Hanson, Liesel Jones, 2004 Robin Sellick
The golden girls: Jodie Henry, Lisbeth 'Libby' Trickett (née Lenton), Giaan Rooney, Alice Mills, Brooke Hanson, Liesel Jones, 2004 Robin Sellick

The golden girls: Jodie Henry, Lisbeth 'Libby' Trickett (née Lenton), Giaan Rooney, Alice Mills, Brooke Hanson, Liesel Jones, 2004 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

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

Lady Jessie and Sir Donald Bradman, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Lady Jessie and Sir Donald Bradman, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Lady Jessie and Sir Donald Bradman, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

Lady Jessie and Sir Donald Bradman, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Omega, 2013 by Robin Eley

Robin Eley

More about In the flesh artists

Robin Eley studied Fine Arts at Westmont College, USA and began his career as a professional illustrator. Eley was a finalist in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize in 2010 and his work was Highly Commended in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 2010 and 2011.

Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon), 2007 Peteris Ciemitis
Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon), 2007 Peteris Ciemitis
Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon), 2007 Peteris Ciemitis

Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon), 2007 Peteris Ciemitis

Portrait, watercolour and pastel on paper

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

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

Disillusion self portrait, 1983 Mary MacQueen
Disillusion self portrait, 1983 Mary MacQueen
Disillusion self portrait, 1983 Mary MacQueen

Disillusion self portrait, 1983 Mary MacQueen

Portrait, pastel and charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Robin MacQueen 2007

Walking in tall grass, Lucy, 2010 by Jan Nelson

More about In the flesh artists

General content

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

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia 9 June 2016

Archived media releases 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

The Assumption of Virginity, 2014 video: 1 minute

The Assumption of Virginity, 2014 by Xanthe Dobbie

General content

Finalist, MDPA 2014

Adams Apple, 2013 by Petrina Hicks

Alienation

More about In the flesh

Segregated from their fellow humans in cellophane prisons, reference points are removed, so it is not certain whether these naked figures could be unwrapped, are about to be subsumed, or will forever be suspended in a plastic stasis.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Confessional conversations The portraiture of Kristin Headlam

Magazine article by Fiona Gruber, 2015

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the flesh

Previous exhibition, 2014

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring ten Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michael Peck, the exhibition explores themes of intimacy, empathy, transience, transition, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, reflection, mortality and acceptance.

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the Flesh 15 October 2014

Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

Lady Jessie and Sir Donald Bradman, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick

A good innings

Devotion

Childhood sweethearts

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland
Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland
Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

John Hamilton, 1969 Meg Padgham
John Hamilton, 1969 Meg Padgham
John Hamilton, 1969 Meg Padgham

John Hamilton, 1969 Meg Padgham

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Hamilton 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Andrew Southall, 1992 Rick Amor
Andrew Southall, 1992 Rick Amor
Andrew Southall, 1992 Rick Amor

Andrew Southall, 1992 Rick Amor

Portrait, drypoint on paper

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

Steven Bishop, performer by Nathalie Latham

Australia's Creative Diaspora Photographed by Nathalie Latham

Previous exhibition, 2007

Paris based Australian photographer and filmmaker Nathalie Latham has an ongoing interest in the creative achievements of other Australian artists living in various locations around the globe.

Escape, 2006 by Eddy Collett

Headspace 7 Me and My Place

Previous exhibition, 2006

Headspace 7: Me and My Place, the seventh in the National Portrait Gallery's series of student exhibitions, will be presented at Commonwealth Place. Me and My Place is the curatorial theme for the 2006 exhibition.

Basil steps out, 2016 by Kristin Headlam
Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery

Kristin Headlam

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Basil grew into a speckled beauty – a long-legged leaper and an exceptionally vocal dog, with a great register of sounds, ascending in shock value from a whimper to a growl to a bark to a yelp that’s a violation of the ears.

Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley
Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley
Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley

Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes
Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes
Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes

Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Robyn Archer AO 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Radical Restraint  
Justice Michael Kirby, 1998 Ralph Heimans
Radical Restraint  
Justice Michael Kirby, 1998 Ralph Heimans
Radical Restraint  
Justice Michael Kirby, 1998 Ralph Heimans

Radical Restraint
Justice Michael Kirby, 1998 Ralph Heimans

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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

Basil Hetzel, 2007-08 Mark Kimber
Basil Hetzel, 2007-08 Mark Kimber
Basil Hetzel, 2007-08 Mark Kimber

Basil Hetzel, 2007-08 Mark Kimber

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mrs Diana Ramsay AO 2008

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

Flash Australian Athletes in Focus

Previous exhibition, 2006

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

Sir Ian Potter, 1968 Mark Strizic

Mark Strizic A Journey in Photography

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition traces the creative output of nearly 50 years by one of Australia's landmark living photographers.

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.

Caroline Pileggi, 2005 Toni Wilkinson

Ready , set... shoot

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

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

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins, Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, Rupert Myer AO and Annabel Myer, Louise and Martyn Myer Foundation, Peter and Ruth McMullin, Diana Carlton, Professor Derek Denton AC, Harold Mitchell AC, Peter Jopling AM QC, Andrew and Liz Mackenzie, Patricia Patten, Tamie Fraser AO, Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, Lauraine Diggins, Steven Skala AO and Lousje Skala 2017

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Melbourne experience

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Diana Warnes explores the lives of Hal and Katherine 'Kate' Hattam through their portraits painted by Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Polly Borland Australians

Previous exhibition, 2001

Polly Borland: Australians, is an exhibition of 54 new portraits of significant Australians who have made a contribution to British life and who have largely made their home or based their professional life in the UK

Still Life (Pieta), 2007 by Sam Jinks

More about In the flesh

General content

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

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence

Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic

Poet of the Fleeting Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

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

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

2015-17 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

From 2015 to 2017 the Acquisition Fund was focussed on Reg Richardson AM by Mitch Cairns, a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014, and a great example of minimalist portraiture.

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

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.

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.

Scone, 2010 by Darren McDonald
Private collection, Melbourne and courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

Darren McDonald

Explore The Popular Pet Show

The wild balancing act of McDonald’s home décor (is that there as a joke? where do I actually sit down? is this ironic or what? what a lovely photo of Darren and Robin in Europe!) is reflected in his own personality.

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.

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.

Installing David Walsh

On the road again

Magazine article by Dr Deborah Hill, 2017

Deborah Hill talks figures with character, as the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibitions program welcomes its millionth visitor.

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.

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen

About grace

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2020

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

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Where the wild things are

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the complex portrait of Dr Bob Brown by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

Zed, from the series Walking the dog, 2005 by Robyn Sweaney

Robyn Sweaney

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Robyn's parents had two terriers, Wuff and Snuff. In spite of Snuff’s ominous name and a couple of close shaves – once, he jumped out of a moving car, and another time, on a long road trip, he was accidentally left behind at a petrol station – he outlived Wuff.

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.

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

Black and white history

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

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

Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth

For the boys

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2011

The photographs from Matthew Sleeth's tour of duty series look more like advertisements than images of war.

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.

The Long Awaited, 2008 by Patricia Piccinini

In the flesh

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

An exhibition of humanness in ten themes by Penelope Grist.

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.

Rock Island Bend. Franklin River, South West Tasmania, 1979 by Peter Dombrovskis

Written in Water

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, photographers and conservationists, shared a love of photography and exploring wilderness areas of Tasmania.

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

Finding Mrs Frisby

Magazine article by Robyn Sweaney, 2016

Robyn Sweaney's quiet Violet obsession.

Madame du Barry, 1791 by Richard Cosway

Little women

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour looks beyond the ivory face of select portrait miniatures to reveal their sitters’ true grit.

The Bare story

General content

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

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

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