Tag Archives: National Portrait Gallery – Canberra

The Grand Lord of Gothic Lushness – Cave or Arkley?

Portrait of Nick Cave (1999) by Howard Arkley (1951-1999). Synthetic polymer on canvas, commissioned with funds provided by L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 1999. Arkley’s portrait of Nick Cave was the first work commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and … Continue reading

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De Profundis to Larry Sitsky and Mary Brady

37 year-old composer Larry Sitsky is depicted in this 1971 Portia Geach Prize winning portrait by self-taught artist, Sister Mary Brady.  He is a pianist, scholar and a founding member of the Canberra School of Music at the Australian National … Continue reading

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Two great compositions by Smith and Sculthorpe

This 1982 depiction of Peter Sculthorpe was painted by the Archibald Prize winning-artist for portraiture, Eric John Smith. Born in 1919 and raised in Brunswick, Melbourne; at the age of 17, Smith undertook a commercial art course at the Brunswick … Continue reading

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I shot you with my camera

Jenny Watson (b. 1951)  is a local Melburnian artist.  During her informative years in the 1970s, Watson like many other Melburnians’  spent many hours at the iconic Crystal Ballroom to hear their greatest local-grown bands play. After making a series of … Continue reading

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