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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.

Portrait Stories

Portrait Stories use video, multimedia and sound to present the stories of the artists and subjects in the National Portrait Gallery's collection. This series is produced with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Interview with Chrissy Amphlett video: 2 minutes
Interview with Chrissy Amphlett video: 2 minutes
Interview with Chrissy Amphlett video: 2 minutes

Chrissy Amphlett

'I was never submissive'

2 minutes

An interview with the iconic Australian rocker Chrissy Amphlett.

Interview with Harry Borden video: 2 minutes
Interview with Harry Borden video: 2 minutes
Interview with Harry Borden video: 2 minutes

Michael Hutchence by Harry Borden

2 minutes

An interview with photographer Harry Borden about his portrait of Michael Hutchence.

Interview with Evert Ploeg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Evert Ploeg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Evert Ploeg video: 2 minutes

Deborah Mailman by Evert Ploeg

2 minutes

An interview with artist Evert Ploeg about his portrait of the Australian actor Deborah Mailman.

Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute

Adam Scott by Robin Sellick

1 minute

An interview with photographer Robin Sellick about his portrait of golfing champion Adam Scott.

Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes

David Campese by Paul Newton

2 minutes

An interview with Paul Newton, the creator of the portrait of rugby legend David Campese.

George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute
George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute
George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute

George Lambert

'Self Portrait with Gladioli'

1 minute

An examination of the life and times of George Lambert through the gesture and pose in his self portrait. 

Interview with Marc de Jong  video: 2 minutes
Interview with Marc de Jong  video: 2 minutes
Interview with Marc de Jong  video: 2 minutes

Nick Cave by Howard Arkley

2 minutes

An interview with graffiti artist Marc de Jong about the art of Howard Arkley.

Interview with Douglas Frew Waterhouse video: 2 minutes
Interview with Douglas Frew Waterhouse video: 2 minutes
Interview with Douglas Frew Waterhouse video: 2 minutes

Douglas Frew Waterhouse

'A bug in the hand'

2 minutes

Australian entomologist and inventer of the Aerogard insect repellent, Douglas Frew Waterhouse describes the evolution of his career.

Interview with Jiawei Shen video: 2 minutes
Interview with Jiawei Shen video: 2 minutes
Interview with Jiawei Shen video: 2 minutes

Princess Mary

2 minutes

Artist Jiawei Shen describes the symbolism in his portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Hilda Spong portrait story video: 2 minutes
Hilda Spong portrait story video: 2 minutes
Hilda Spong portrait story video: 2 minutes

Practising the Minuet

'Who was Hilda Spong?'

2 minutes

Broadway star Miss Hilda Spong was painted by Tom Roberts in 1893.

Bee Miles portrait story video: 2 minutes
Bee Miles portrait story video: 2 minutes
Bee Miles portrait story video: 2 minutes

Bee Miles

'Eccentricity'

2 minutes

An exploration of Bee Miles' defining characteristic.

Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes

Nat Young

'How to be a surfing legend'

2 minutes

Albert Falzon's photograph of Australian surfer Nat Young captures what it is to be a surfing hero.

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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.