Andrew Sayers is an art historian and artist based in Melbourne.

From 2010 until 2013 he was Director of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. He was the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (1998-2010) and prior to taking up that role was a Curator and Assistant Director (Collections) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1985-1998).

His principal publications are Drawing in Australia, 1989; Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century, 1994; Sidney Nolan; The Ned Kelly Story, 1994 and  Australian Art  in The Oxford History of Art, 2001.

In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to arts administration.




My portrait of Tim Bonyhady has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize. An image of the portrait is available on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website. Following the exhibition in Sydney, the Archibald Prize exhibition tours selected Victorian and NSW regional galleries throughout the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.


Look out for two of my exhibitions later this year: 


The Trembling Bridge opens at Mr Jones Open Studio and Cafe, Bermagui on 19 September 2015.


An exhibition of new paintings and works on paper will open at Beaver Galleries, Canberra on 5 November, 2015.




Picture: Self-portrait with sun damage, 2014