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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

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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

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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

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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.