Local Central Coast artist, David Naseby‘s recent portrait of the President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and ‘Stop Adani’ campaigner Geoffrey Cousins, has been just been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. This makes a total of four Naseby portraits in the NPG collection – Les Murray 1995, Bob Ellis 1997, and Max Cullen 2000.
Cousins, a community leader and art-lover, is the founding chair of the kids’ cancer charity Starlight Foundation and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. His corporate life includes periods as CEO at George Patterson and Optus, in addition to positions on ten public company boards ranging from PBL to Telstra.
David was born in England and studied in the United Kingdom before coming to Australia in 1953. He studied at the Queensland Technical College before moving to Sydney, where he worked extensively in advertising. One of his first portrait commissions was of Belinda Green for John Singleton, and he has since painted many portraits on commission including two of Greg Norman. He is represented in collections in Australia, the USA and the UK. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prizes of 1995, 1998 and 1999 for his portraits of Les Murray (twice) and Bob Ellis; the NPG acquired his portraits of Murray and Ellis in 2001. In 2002 he held an artist residency at Bundanon.
The collection of portraits by David Naseby, at the National Portrait Gallery, can be viewed at their website.