Before hand: The private life of a portrait

When 10 Oct, 2020 10:00am — 21 Mar, 2021 5:00pm Where National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes Website
A new exhibition revealing the backstories behind iconic works from the National Portrait Gallery collection and the creative and social process of making a portrait, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as rarely seen working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location. Featured portraits include photographer Narelle Autio’s portrait of champion cyclist Anna Meares, David Rosetsky’s double-exposure portrait of Australian singer and actress Jessica Mauboy, Peter Brew-Bevan’s working scrapbook for this portrait of dancer and ballet director David McAllister and the transparency drawings that allowed Evert Ploeg to construct his portrait of scientist Derek Denton.

Sketchbook pages for the commission The Dance – David Mcallister (detail), 2016 by Peter Brew-Bevan
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King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia