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Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2013

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

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

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

The Graphic
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2018

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Ned Kelly and death masks

'Judge a person by their cover'
Portrait story

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

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2002

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly

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

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

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

Perrychon after Castelli
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2012

Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld
Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld
Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld

Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly, 2007

Martin Philbey
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly, 1998

Rick Amor
Portrait, softground etching on paper.

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly, 2013

Warwick Thornton
Portrait, single channel moving image, colour, sound, 8 minutes 54 seconds

Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2013

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

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

Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2017

Gail Kelly
Gail Kelly
Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly, 2018

Paul Newton
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly, 1880

The Illustrated London News
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2018

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

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

Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2017

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