FAITH BANDLER, STUDY, BY GREG WARBURTON.

2006, synthetic polymer paint and charcoal on unstretched canvas. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Gift of the artist, 2019.

Faith Bandler AC (1920–2015) was a civil rights activist and writer who headed the New South Wales campaign for the yes vote in the 1967 referendum. Bandler was born in Tumbulgum, NSW, to a Scottish–Indian mother and a cane-worker father from what is now Vanuatu. In 1976 she declined an MBE, and in 1997 she was named a National Living Treasure. This intimate, immediate portrait is one of a series of studies Greg Warburton made in 2007, in preparation for a very large acrylic, pastel and charcoal portrait on canvas.
See it, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.

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