Everyone seems to have some connection to the infamous Albert Namatjira
(1902-1959) who learned the craft of watercolour painting from Rex Battarbee.
The fifth paper in this edition is by Tasmanian Aboriginal woman Wendy Aitken and Christopher Wareham, who use Albert Namatjira
's narrative as a context to analyse the human impact of the assimilation policy.
The representation of the land in Budjarri Maroubra reflects some degree of influence from the well-known Australian Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira
in its realistic depiction and color palette.
Another highlight of this wonderful festival was the performance by Australia's Big hART theatre company of Namatjira, a powerful and ultimately heartbreaking account of the life of Albert Namatjira
, Australia's first celebrated Aboriginal indigenous artist.
As far as Australian artists go I am an admirer of Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and Albert Namatjira
. Being a West Australian having grown up in Perth I have had a life-long interest in the art of our best known export - Rolf Harris.
As a youngster, he would trace images by Australian artists Norman Lindsay, Albert Tucker, and Albert Namatjira
from his father's art history books.
The lives, works and themes of three late contemporary artists are then presented with an emphasis on the effects of assimilation policy on them: Albert Namatjira
, Les Griggs, and Lin Onus.
In what field did Albert Namatjira
achieve success and fame?
The timing is just right--as the writers point out early in the introduction, the media's influence on popular perception was beginning to burgeon in the 1950s and had the capacity to shape personalities, as well as the perception of them, in a way that, in some cases, for example Albert Namatjira
, had disastrous consequences.
So far this is a painfully short list that recognises only Rover Thomas, Lin Onus and Emily Kngwarreye, leaving Albert Namatjira
with the long list of Australian artists.
William's eighth Archibald Prize, awarded in 1957, was of the Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira
. Previously they had painted together at Glen Helen Gorge in Central Australia.