New portrait for historic collection

Baillieu1The official portrait of Victoria’s 46th Premier, the Hon Ted Baillieu, has been unveiled.

It becomes part of the historic Premiers Portraits collection at Parliament House.

Painted by accomplished artist Sally Ryan, the portrait was unveiled by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Telmo Languiller and the President of the Legislative Council, Bruce Atkinson at a ceremony held in Queen’s Hall.

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Mr Baillieu and his wife Robyn were special guests at the unveiling, along with the artist, members of the Baillieu family and parliamentarians.

The portrait gallery for former Premiers of Victoria was initiated by the Hon Frederick Grimwade, President of the Legislative Council from 1979-1985.

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It is now a parliamentary tradition to commission a painting of former Premiers at the end of their parliamentary term.

Mr Baillieu served as the Member for Hawthorn in the Legislative Assembly from September 1999 to November 2014, and was Premier and Minister for the Arts from 2010-2013.

The portrait’s artist Sally Ryan has exhibited extensively in Australia as well as internationally. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes including the Kennedy Prize 2014, and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2013, Black Swan Portrait Prize 2015 and Hunters Hill Art Prize 2016.

Visitors to Parliament House can view the collection of Premiers Portraits, including the new portrait, in Queen’s Hall. More information on the Premiers Portraits is available from the collection’s webpage.

Photos: Eddy Khayat

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