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Former Senate President Hon. Stephen Parry portrait unveiled at Parliament House

Thursday, 18 March 2021 in Art

The official portrait of former Senate President Stephen Parry, who served as a Senator for Tasmania, was unveiled today at Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

Created by artist Paul Newton, the portrait was commissioned by the Department of Parliamentary Services for Parliament’s Historic Memorials Collection. 

The Historic Memorials Collection, Australia’s longest-running art commissioning program, was founded by Prime Minister Andrew Fisher in 1911 on the recommendation of artist Tom Roberts. Since then, it has commissioned portraits of Heads of State, Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Speakers and Senate Presidents.

Mr Parry was elected to the Australian Senate as a Senator for Tasmania in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. He served as Senate President across two Parliaments from 2014 until 2017.

The work of Sydney artist Paul Newton has been exhibited and displayed nationally and internationally.

Mr Newton has been a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize on twelve occasions and has won the Archibald Packing Room Prize twice. Mr Newton has painted portraits of notable individuals including former Senator the Hon Paul Henry Calvert, former Speaker the Hon Peter Slipper, David Gonski AC, Frank Lowry AC, Maggie Tabberer, John Laws, Rupert Myer AO, and Kylie Minogue. 

In 2010 Mr Newton was commissioned to paint 32 pictures for the interior of the Domus Australia Chapel in Rome, Italy including a portrait of Australia’s first canonised saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. This is his third portrait for the Historic Memorials Collection.

Image: Paul NEWTON (born 1961) Senator the Hon Stephen Shane Parry (detail), 2017, Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT

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