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Robert Hunter 1984 & 2004

printed 2004


Rod McNicol


1946 –

  • Details

    Other Title
    Robert Hunter 1984 - Robert Hunter 2004
    printed 2004
    Media category
    Materials used
    digital print
    33.0 x 100.0 cm image; 57.0 x 130.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    The Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize winner 2004
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Rod McNicol

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    Photographic Portrait Prize
    Winner - 2004
    Artist information
    Rod McNicol

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Rod McNicol has known his subject, the artist Robert Hunter, for a long while - even before that first portrait was taken in front of his studio wall in 1984. When asked to pose again 20 years later, 'he was into it - and it is a fairly demanding ask of anyone,' says McNicol.

    It is the same studio wall, but how fascinating and subtle are the changes time has wrought in Hunter's face. McNicol has decided this twin portrait will be the forerunner of a series in which he revisits portrait photographs he took in the early part of his career.

    Portraits have always been a strong strand in his work. Born in Melbourne in 1946, he studied photography at Prahran College. In 1988 he won the St Kilda Arts Festival Prize and was awarded an Australia Council grant. He has also participated as an artist-in-residence in the Oncology Ward of Melbourne's Repatriation General Hospital. Of the past decade he says he 'just disappeared' as he followed a different passion - horses and the art of dressage. 'But you can't have two major obsessions that don't pay very much money,' he says. So the dressage is in his past and he is back developing several photographic projects.

    With many impressive credits to his name, McNicol's work is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. He has exhibited widely with exhibitions shown from Melbourne to Cracow and Paris.

    Extract from AGNSW website media release.

    This work won the Australian Photographic Portrait Prize in 2004 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2004.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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