I remember seeing a self-portrait photograph of Warwick Baker aged in his mid-twenties seven years ago. He was standing on the bank of Canberra’s Molonglo River, near the hospice where his mother had passed away.
As for me, I think that this photo looks as though Vy has received some sad news about a loved one and she has sought out some space to process it. There’s a sense of freeing airiness in the bush location – I can imagine the bird sounds, the leaves rustling.
Several years ago I came across this curious painting on the racks in a distant, dusty corner of the store room in the basement of the Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa. Since then the mystery surrounding it has never been far from my mind. According to an old label on the frame, the painting purports to be “Mexico from the Palace painted by ‘Maximilian Emperor’.
The Chairman, Board, Director and all the staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Benefactor, Mary Isabel Murphy, who died peacefully at her home near Bowral on Tuesday 20 September. She was 100 years old.