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Portrait of former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop unveiled

Monday, 26 November 2018 in Art

A portrait of the 29th Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop, by artist Jiawei Shen, was unveiled today during a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.

The portrait was commissioned for the Parliament’s Historic Memorials Collection and will go on display on the first floor, Members Hall, Parliament House.

Jiawei Shen is an accomplished portrait artist who has been selected as finalist in the Archibald Prize on more than a dozen occasions, but is perhaps best known for his portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in 2005.

This is Jiawei Shen’s third commission for the Historic Memorials Collection. He has previously painted the portraits of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. David Hawker, in 2007, and former Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard, in 2009.

The Historic Memorials Collection is Australia’s longest-running art commissioning program.

Founded by Prime Minister Andrew Fisher in 1911, the collection has commissioned portraits of Prime Ministers, Speakers, Presidents, Governors-General and the Head of State for more than a century.

Image: Jaiwei Shen (born 1948) The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop (detail), 2017. Oil on canvas. Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra

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