Vincent Namatjira at the National Gallery of Australia

‘Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour’ is the artist’s first survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

The NGA says Namatjira, who belongs to the Western Aranda peoples and is from Indulkana in South Australia, has a contemporary Aboriginal perspective, they elaborate ‘renowned for producing paintings laden with dry wit, Namatjira has established himself in the past decade as a celebrated portraitist and a satirical chronicler of Australian identity. His paintings offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership.’

The artist is known for his seemingly subversive portraits, of as the gallery notes, ‘important figures, both personally familiar and famously political’.

Vincent Namatjira, Western Aranda people, Displaced, 2021, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, purchased in celebration of the National Gallery of Australia’s 40th anniversary, 2022 © Vincent Namatjira/Copyright Agency
Vincent Namatjira at Iwantja Arts, 2023, Photographer: Rohan Thomson

The show charts the artist’s career, thus far, and includes his own words which when paired with the paintings are said to convey a potent message. In the presentation you will find paintings, works on paper and moving image works as well as a selection of watercolours from the national collection by the artist’s great-grandfather and critically acclaimed Western Arranda artist, Albert Namatjira.

Enjoy the show in Canberra until 21 July 2024.