Saturday, 2 August 2014

Canberra Art

During my recent holiday in Canberra I had a chance to pop into the National Portrait Gallery.
It only opened in Dec 2008, & this was my first opportunity to explore it thoroughly.

It feels like the very young space that it is.
It's light, open and airy.
There is a room devoted to early colonial statues and paintings, however, the rest of the portraits feel young and fresh and modern.

David Chalmers by Nick Mourtzakis
Chalmers is a philosopher and I think this depiction of the mind & consciousness
by Mourtzakis was my favourite portrait on the day.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
by Guy Maestri
 If you'd like to see Gurrumul singing check out this link...

Nick Cave by Howard Arkley

Kate (Kate Grenville)
by Jenny Sages

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)
by Nicholas Harding

Robert Drewe (in the swell)
by Nicholas Harding

Robert Dessaix
by Robert Hannaford 

Self portrait
by Sidney Nolan

Sidney Nolan is particularly famous for his series of Ned Kelly paintings (below).
At the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery there is a Nolan Collection Gallery that features the works of Sidney Nolan...including many of the Ned Kelly series.
The photos I took are a little shiny thanks to the light reflecting off the glass, but you get the general idea!

This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.


  1. What great portraits! I especially like "Kate"

  2. Great photo's. There are some fantastic artists out there that's for sure.

  3. I always enjoy the National Portrait Gallery we've been a few times- glad you got time to get there, it's nice actually getting the time to do these things- I like that first one too- it's a very unusual painting.

  4. Amazing artwork, especially the portraits. Each one is unique. I'll add the National Portrait Gallery to the list of "must-sees" for my visit to Australia (hopefully in the next couple of years).

  5. Kate is my favorite...they are all awesome! Thanks for sharing.


  6. What a beautiful exhibit! I wish I could visit Canberra one day. Thanks for showing us this wonderful gallery.

  7. Very interesting collection. I like In the Swell best.


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