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Eye to eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

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64 portraits in the exhibition

Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti + Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done. © Ken Done
Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson. © Peter Hudson
The Vivisector - David Williamson
The Vivisector - David Williamson, 2017 Danelle Bergstrom. © Danelle Bergstrom
Bust of Peter Garrett
Bust of Peter Garrett, 1991-2016 Peter Schipperheyn. © Peter Schipperheyn/Copyright Agency, 2021
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe. © Wendy Sharpe
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti + Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight. © Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021
Jim Conway
Jim Conway, 2006 Greg Warburton. © Greg Warburton
Jill Ker Conway
Jill Ker Conway, 1987 Sarah Belchetz-Swenson. © Estate of Sarah Belchetz-Swenson
The sitter (Drusilla Modjeska)
The sitter (Drusilla Modjeska), 2001 Jo Bertini. © Jo Bertini
Angry Anderson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson. © Sally Robinson
Angus Young
Angus Young, 2003 (printed 2014) Ingvar Kenne. © Ingvar Kenne
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History, 2013 Weng-Ho Chong. © Weng-Ho Chong
Georgie Swift
Georgie Swift, 1941 Max Dupain OBE
Rachel Roxburgh
Rachel Roxburgh, 1939 Adelaide Perry. © Estate of Adelaide Perry
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini, 2019 Allissa Oughtred. © Allissa Oughtred
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt, 1995 Greg Weight. © Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021
Andy Kent (You Am I)
Andy Kent (You Am I), 1995 Montalbetti + Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Emily
Emily, 1994 Greg Weight. © Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021
Portrait of Jill Neville
Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray. © Reginald Gray
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett, 1989 David Rankin OAM. © David Rankin/Copyright Agency, 2021
Geoffrey Tozer
Geoffrey Tozer, 1966 Rollo Thomson
George Duncan
George Duncan, c. 1940 Alison Rehfisch. © Estate of Alison Rehfisch
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Desiderius Orban (at 101 years of age), 1985 John Caldwell
Dr Peter Farrell
Dr Peter Farrell, 2001 Salvatore Zofrea OAM. © Salvatore Zofrea/Copyright Agency, 2021
Portrait of Ron Robertson-Swann
Portrait of Ron Robertson-Swann, 1989 Lindsay Churchland. © Lindsay Churchland
Jean Bellette
Jean Bellette, 1937 Adrian Lawlor. © Estate of Adrian Lawlor
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti + Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Ruth Park
Ruth Park, 2000 Kilmeny Niland. © Estate of Kilmeny Niland
Roslyn
Roslyn, 2016 Sally Ross. © Sally Ross
A man and his music: Peter Weiss and the Australian Chamber Orchestra
A man and his music: Peter Weiss and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, 1995 Kerrie Lester. © Kerrie Lester/Copyright Agency, 2021
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner, 1990 Robert Campbell Jnr. © Estate of Robert Campbell Jnr. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Sue Ford 1980-2006
Sue Ford 1980-2006, 1980-2006 (printed 2013) Ruth Maddison. © Ruth Maddison
Alexis Wright
Alexis Wright, 2009 (printed 2014) Ingvar Kenne. © Ingvar Kenne
John Tjakamarra
John Tjakamarra, 1974 (printed 2000) Jon Rhodes. © Jon Rhodes
Jenny Watson 4, February 1979
Jenny Watson 4, February 1979, 1979 (printed 2012) Robert Rooney. © Estate of Robert Rooney
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Carol Jerrems, Paddington, 1976 (printed 2003) Roger Scott
Don Watson
Don Watson, 2002 Anna Sande. © Anna Sande
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson), 2005 Tessa Jones. © Tessa Jones
Dave Tice
Dave Tice, 1978 (printed 2018) Gary Ede. © Gary Ede
John Darling
John Darling, n.d. Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021
Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries, 1971 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley. © Bill McAuley
David Walsh
David Walsh, 2010 Andres Serrano. © Andres Serrano
Adrian Rawlins
Adrian Rawlins, 1977 David Campbell. © Estate of David Campbell
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows, 1993 Kerrie Lester. © Kerrie Lester/Copyright Agency, 2021
Self portrait
Self portrait, c. 1940 Adrian Lawlor. © Estate of Adrian Lawlor
Peter Hall
Peter Hall, n.d. Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021
Divide (Self portrait)
Divide (Self portrait), 2011 Sam Jinks. © Sam Jinks
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton. © Warwick Thornton
My Le Thi
My Le Thi, 2000 Greg Weight. © Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021
Self portrait with Spots and Veins
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty. © Chris O'Doherty
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman, 1995 Montalbetti + Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal Tribe
Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal Tribe, 1992 (printed 2009) George Fetting. © George Fetting/Copyright Agency, 2021
Portrait of David Dridan
Portrait of David Dridan, 1992 Brian Dunlop. © Brian Dunlop/Copyright Agency, 2021
Kostya Tszyu
Kostya Tszyu, 2001 Yoli Salmona. © Yoli Salmona/Copyright Agency, 2021
Jack Lang
Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin. © Adam P. Martin
Portrait of Marjorie Cotton
Portrait of Marjorie Cotton, 1969 Jean Isherwood OAM
Bob Ellis
Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby. © David Naseby
Portrait of Alec Campbell
Portrait of Alec Campbell, 2001-2004 Terry Eichler. © Terry Eichler
Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant. © Ivan Durrant/Copyright Agency, 2021
Layne Beachley
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks. © Commonwealth of Australia
Adam Cullen
Adam Cullen, 2000 Gary Grealy. © Gary Grealy

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