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'Beached' (Yuraygir self-portrait) by Nicholas Harding, 2015

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits


A small exhibition that shows the diversity in the portraits of this intelligent, industrious artist, Nicholas Harding.

The works differ in mediums, from the pure, thin line around the quick likeness of Geoffrey Rush to the thick paint on the monumental self portrait; and in mood, from the meek figure of the artist’s mother-in-law Edie Watkins to the commanding one of Peter Weiss, looking like a tired old monarch about to start up with a roar. The portrait of Weiss glows in peony-pink, amaranth and crimson oils; that of John Bell is all black, white and grey. The covert, hasty sketches of unknown air travellers are distinct from the direct and careful drawings of famous men and women. In his cluttered portrait with its watery interior light, John Feitelson is small; in his clean, hot and stark portrait, its setting the open ocean, Robert Drewe looms large. Drewe’s expression is pitiably guarded; he looks like a ferocious man at a loss. By contrast, William Cowan’s smartly suited, his black shoes gleam, and sitting on a modernist chair against a blank wall in the artist’s Sydney studio he emanates zest and likeability.

When:Until Sunday 26 November
Where:National Portrait Gallery

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