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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.

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal
Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal
Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes

Young Mo (Roy Rene) 'The artist's notebook'

Portrait story

An interview with Australian artist and collector of quirky artefacts, Martin Sharp.

Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Jimmy Wululu, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Jimmy Wululu, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Jimmy Wululu, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Jimmy Wululu, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal
James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal
James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal

James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal

Big shots

Magazine article by Djon Mundine OAM, 2017

Djon Mundine OAM brings poignant memory and context to Martin van der Wal’s 1986 portrait photographs of storied Aboriginal artists.

Paddy Dhathangu, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Paddy Dhathangu, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Paddy Dhathangu, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Paddy Dhathangu, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

John Mawurndjul, 1986 Martin van der Wal
John Mawurndjul, 1986 Martin van der Wal
John Mawurndjul, 1986 Martin van der Wal

John Mawurndjul, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

David Malangi Daymirringu, 1986 Martin van der Wal
David Malangi Daymirringu, 1986 Martin van der Wal
David Malangi Daymirringu, 1986 Martin van der Wal

David Malangi Daymirringu, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

John Bulunbulun, 1986 Martin van der Wal
John Bulunbulun, 1986 Martin van der Wal
John Bulunbulun, 1986 Martin van der Wal

John Bulunbulun, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

George Milpurrurru, 1986 Martin van der Wal
George Milpurrurru, 1986 Martin van der Wal
George Milpurrurru, 1986 Martin van der Wal

George Milpurrurru, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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Fuzzy Leo (Leo Schofield), c. 2000 Martin Wilson

Portrait, hooked wool rug

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Nell Schofield 2020.
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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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.