An image of Self portrait

Pam Hallandal

(Australia 16 Jan 1929 – 26 Sep 2018)

Self portrait

Not on display
Further information

Hallandal’s first self-portraits were made in the early 1980s ‘ … in order to try to talk to this poor girl who was drawing away in a corner, struggling badly with a self portrait’ (Elizabeth Cross, ‘Pam Hallandal’, The Art Bulletin of Tasmania,
1984, p 52). Since then, they have occupied a central place in her work. Hallandal’s experience as a teacher of drawing at Prahran Senior Technical College led her to devote herself exclusively to drawing rather than sculpture.

'I found it hard to teach drawing seriously and make sculpture. Some people argue that it is better to teach outside your own area, but in order to be good enough to teach drawing well, you have to spend a lot of time and energy and be able to hold the concepts sufficiently tautly' (Elizabeth Cross, 1984, p 51).

Hallandal’s mother was also an important subject, but after her death, Hallandal turned increasingly to herself as a subject.

'My mother had died – now I found a new head, one that was always with me. This head set up a new situation – no empathy – just a subject for ruthless objectivity – no vanity. Old polios like me are stripped of physical vanity – the inner reality of course remains' (Elizabeth Cross, Pam Hallandal drawings, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, 1998, p 8).

Another self-portrait is held in the Gallery’s collection (see Henrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery’s collection, AGNSW, Sydney, 1997, p 130).

This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 1996 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1996.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
charcoal, pastel on white wove paper
100.0 x 74.0 cm sheet; 123.0 x 79.5 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, charcoal "Hallandal". Not dated.

Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 1996
Accession number
© Pam Hallandal