Image: Michael Kempson & Matthew Tome, The Right Hon. J.W. Howard, 2001, screenprint, ed. 7/40, 25 x 50cm, courtesy of the artist

Image: Face Value, 2016. Photography by Rhianna May

Image: Face Value, 2016. Photography by Rhianna May

Portraiture is perhaps the most poignant attempt in art to deny mortality. Face Value presents a selection of images drawn from the City of Fremantle Art Collection which reveal the mysterious power of the portrait.

Beyond the superficial account of likeness, this exhibition contrasts idealised formal portraits with a range of naturalistic, satirical and psychological studies of character. Many are honest, uncompromising investigations of personality while other works harness this pervasive genre as a foundation for creative experiments and parody.

Artists include

  • Jazmina Cininas
  • Bob Birch
  • Robert Dorizzi
  • George Haynes
  • Mary Moore
  • Kathleen O’Connor
  • Guy Grey-Smith