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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.

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.

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.

Betty Cuthbert
Betty Cuthbert
Betty Cuthbert

Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Portrait of Ingvar Kenne, 2012 by Simon Harsent

Finalist interviews

General content

Interviews with NPPP 2013 finalists Melanie Faith Dove, Simon Harsent, Ahmad Sabra, Sharon Zwi, Katherine Bennett, Krystal Seigerman, Arianne McNaught, Janet Tavener, Louise Whelan, Myles Nelson and Heather Corrigan.

Oui-re-kine
Oui-re-kine
Oui-re-kine

Oui-re-kine, 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN

Captain Matthew Flinders RN, 1814

an unknown artist, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter

Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792

Daniel Orme after Robert Dighton
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN

Captain Matthew Flinders RN, 1814

an unknown artist, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Blek Bala MJ, 2017 video: 6 minutes

Blek Bala MJ, 2017

by Timothy Hillier
General content

Finalist, DPA 2017
Single channel HD digital video

Yhonnie and Indiana, 2012 by Janelle Low

NPPP 2013 learning resource

Learning resource archive

Exploring select works from the NPPP 2012. For secondary students.

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the Flesh

15 October 2014
Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

Inspiration + Realisation: Peter Wegner

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Peter Wegner's approach to portraiture could be considered a visual record of the rapport, the dynamic space between artist and subject.

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