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Albert Namatjira

Birth date and location 

1902, Hermannsburg

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Western Arrernte

Albert Namatjira (1902–1959) is almost certainly Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artist and became renowned for his ability to embody his country using watercolours in a way not seen before. Namatjira had the unique capacity to capture the light, vivid colour, beauty and even the essence of Central Australia and capture the imagination of many.

Namatjira commenced painting with watercolours in 1936 and by 1938 had his first solo exhibition in Melbourne with another in Adelaide during 1939. Both exhibitions were incredibly successful and sold out to a captivated audience. In a few short years, Namatjira had gone from obscurity to fame and was on the way to becoming one of the most successful and recognised Aboriginal artists in this country who today continues to be celebrated.

The legacy of Namatjira includes an impressive catalogue of paintings; initiating a market for Aboriginal art from Central Australia and influencing the continuing Hermannsburg School of watercolour painting.

Albert Namatjira, Palm Valley, 1936

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Palm Valley

Albert Namatjira, Hermannsburg Mission with Mount Hermannsburg, 1937

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Hermannsburg Mission with Mount Hermannsburg

Albert Namatjira, Mount Sonder with Corkwood Tree, c. 1944

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Mount Sonder with Corkwood Tree

Albert Namatjira, Kwaritnama (organ pipes), c. 1943-53

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Kwaritnama (organ pipes)

Albert Namatjira, Heavitree Gap, c.1944-54

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Heavitree Gap

Albert Namatjira, Haasts Bluff country, 1956

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Haasts Bluff country

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