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Three Well Known Australians by Martin Shaw includes yearbooks from the beginning of his tour in 1983 up until now.

Three Well Known Australians

THE artist behind a painting that sparked nationwide intrigue is exhibiting at the Mundaring District Museum.

Sydney artist Martin Shaw painted Three Well Known Australians in 1982 and created a guessing game that has entertained generations of Australians.

“The painting forms a portrait of Australia,” Shaw said.

“There are 120 letters from those guessing the three figures on display.”

Shaw’s exhibit has visited Perth every decade since 1992, this year marks it’s fourth tour of WA across eight locations.

The enigmatic artwork features a headless blue figure, a crouching or sitting red figure and a green figure holding an umbrella on a bright yellow background.

Three Well Known Australians began its national tour in 1983 inviting viewers across the Australia to guess the identity of the figures record their opinions into provided yearbooks.

Some key personalities that have been suggested include Gough Whitlam, Ita Buttrose and Ned Kelly.

The exhibit is on at Mundaring District Museum now until April 19 and includes recent letters from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and WA Premier Mark McGowan.

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