Recent Portraiture Acquisitions
Faces of Brisbane showcases eight portraits recently acquired by Museum of Brisbane. As these artworks demonstrate, artists continue to return to portraiture as a genre which, despite its traditional origins, constantly evolves. The contemporary artists in this exhibition experiment with portraiture as a means of exploring identity, history and relationships. It is a genre which speaks to our enduring interest in one-another, and the importance of feeling connected.
The portraits on display depict a range of individuals with different stories, from family members and friends, to historical figures and local artists. The artworks explore contemporary approaches to capturing individual and collective identities, helping us to share the many stories of the city and its people.
Museum of Brisbane continues to grow its collections through new acquisitions to ensure Brisbane stories, from all perspectives, can continue to be shared with the world.
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Banner image: Dana Lawrie (Brisbane b. 1986), Mountain out of a molehill 2016, oil on unstretched canvas. Purchased 2019, Museum of Brisbane Collection. | Image: Vernon Ah Kee (Kuku Yalanji/ Waanyi/ Yidinyji/ Guugu Yimithirr peoples, Innisfail, QLD b. 1967), Profile 1 2006, charcoal on canvas. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Gadens Brisbane 2018, Museum of Brisbane Collection.