|Author:||National Portrait Gallery Canberra|
The Companion is the ultimate record of the National Portrait Gallery's outstanding collection, serving the collection's purpose - to assist Australian's understand their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity. The Companion is a fine object, a good read, a reference work, and appealing to all. The Companion is not just an anthology of significant faces, but a detailed, lively compendium documenting the history of portraiture and the various ways - formal or informal, public or private, doting or irreverent - in which the genre has been explored in Australia. Works of art from recent years in The Companion include portraits in new media: Warwick Thornton's 2013 portrait of musician Paul Kelly, and David Rosetzky's video depiction of actor Cate Blanchett. There are so many more ...reflecting, reminding, inspiring Australians.