(Australia 16 Jan 1929– )
100.0 x 74.0cm sheet; 131.5 x 95.0cm frame
Hallandal’s first self-portraits were made in the early 1980s ‘ … in order to try to talk to this poor girl who was drawing away in a corner, struggling badly with a self portrait’ (Elizabeth Cross, ‘Pam Hallandal’, The Art Bulletin of Tasmania,
1984, p 52). Since then, they have occupied a central place in her work. Hallandal’s experience as a teacher of drawing at Prahran Senior Technical College led her to devote herself exclusively to drawing rather than sculpture.
'I found it hard to teach drawing seriously and make sculpture. Some people argue that it is better to teach outside your own area, but in order to be good enough to teach drawing well, you have to spend a lot of time and energy and be able to hold the concepts sufficiently tautly' (Elizabeth Cross, 1984, p 51).
Hallandal’s mother was also an important subject, but after her death, Hallandal turned increasingly to herself as a subject.
'My mother had died – now I found a new head, one that was always with me. This head set up a new situation – no empathy – just a subject for ruthless objectivity – no vanity. Old polios like me are stripped of physical vanity – the inner reality of course remains' (Elizabeth Cross, Pam Hallandal drawings, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, 1998, p 8).
Another self-portrait is held in the Gallery’s collection (see Henrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery’s collection, AGNSW, Sydney, 1997, p 130).
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia) (Author), Helen Campbell (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, Sydney, 2012, 7, 26, 27 (colour illus.), 60.
Janet McKenzie (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Australian drawing #1, South Yarra, 2012, 90.
'A fine harvest of drawings: legacy of an exceptional draughtsman' by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 28-31., Look Nov 2011, Nov 2011, 29.
'Pam Hallandal: drawing from life' by Jill Sykes, pg. 26-29., Look Oct 2010, Oct 2010, 26 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia), The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, Sydney, 2004, 8, 9, 22, 23 (colour illlus.), 50, 52.
'Drawing a winner: a decade of Dobell prizes shows us how and why' by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 24-27., Look Aug 2003, Aug 2003, 26 (colour illus.). NOTE: this has been reproduced in reverse
'Dobell Prize for Drawing', pg. 13., The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin Feb 1997-Apr 1997, Feb 1997-Apr 1997, 13 (colour illus.).
‘Drawn to human traffic’ by Elizabeth Fortescue, pg. 26., Daily Telegraph 05 Apr 1996, 05 Apr 1996, 26 (illus.).
‘Archibald judges get the right one this time’ by Joanna Mendelssohn, pg. 2., The Weekend Australian 09 Mar 1996-10 Mar 1996, 09 Mar 1996-10 Mar 1996, 2 (illus.).
‘Archibald and the sex goddess: the art prize that surprises’ by John MacDonald, pg. 7., The Sydney Morning Herald 09 Mar 1996, 09 Mar 1996, 7 (illus., detail).
Dobell Prize for Drawing 1996, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 Mar 1996–28 Apr 1996.
Dobell Prize for Drawing 1996, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 13 May 1996–30 Jun 1996.
Expressive figuration: drawings by Kevin Connor, Pam Hallandal and Jan Senbergs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 14 Dec 1996–02 Feb 1997.
Expressive figuration: drawings by Kevin Connor, Pam Hallandal and Jan Senbergs, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, 18 Apr 1997–01 Jun 1997.
Expressive figuration: drawings by Kevin Connor, Pam Hallandal and Jan Senbergs, Albury Regional Gallery, 23 Jan 1998–01 Mar 1998.
Dobell Drawing Prize 1998 (Touring show), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 14 Mar 1998–19 Apr 1998.
Dobell Drawing Prize 1998 (Touring show), The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 24 Jul 1998–06 Sep 1998.
Bodyline, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 03 Feb 2001–08 Apr 2001.
Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the Dobell Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery, 15 Feb 2013–24 Mar 2013.