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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.

Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon)
Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon)
Making Sense of Place #4 (Portrait of Professor George Seddon)

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

Portrait 41

October - November 2011
Magazine

This issue features Kate Beynon, Philosopher Cynthia Freeland, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, John Tsiavis & Chris Lilley, UK's BP Portrait Award, Purchasing power in colonial Sydney and more.

Reg Richardson AM

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 Saints
The Saints
The Saints

The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender

Previous exhibition, 2016

Art by Warwick Baker, Chris Burden, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr explores personal relations, individual expression and fluid identity.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Confessional conversations

The portraiture of Kristin Headlam
Magazine article by Fiona Gruber, 2015

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

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.

Rod McNicol

'Life and Times'
Portrait story

Echoing 19th-century photography, Rod McNicol's portraits give us a chance to look quietly at the human condition.

Mandyam Srinivasan

'Hive minds'
Portrait story

An interview with Professor of Visual Neuroscience, University of Queensland, Mandyam Srinivasan.

Charles Teo

Charles Teo

by Adam Chang
Portrait story

Dr Charles Teo, high-profile neurosurgeon, describes how it felt to sit for the portrait by Adam Chang.

Bed piece, 1972 by Chris Burden

The boy, the bed and the gun

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman contemplates the provocative performance art of Chris Burden. 

Portrait 55

Summer 2016-2017
Magazine

Explore convict art, photography by Ruth Hollick and Collier Schorr, an interview with neurosurgeon Charlie Teo, portraiture on money, and more!

Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender Media Release

14 July 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Collier Schorr and Chris Burden along with contemporary Australian artists, Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker will call the National Portrait Gallery home during our extraordinary winter exhibition Tough and Tender.

Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby

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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