Namatjira Collection artists and a RAFT Art Space representative will talk about the work in Gallery 23C.
This display pays tribute to the Western Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira whose creative legacy and commitment to his country continues to inspire. Painted in the Hermannsburg watercolour tradition by his descendants, the selected tondos (circular paintings) expand our vision of the Central Australian landscape. They highlight its unique topography, light, and colour, expressed from the perspective of lying on the ground. The paintings have also been transferred onto 1950s style circle skirts referencing the era in which Namatjira was celebrated, and emphasising the relationship between the body and landscape.
The artists Kevin Namatjira, Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka, Hubert Pareroultja, Mervyn Rubuntja and the late Peter Tjutjatja Taylor, worked in collaboration with Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre, the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and RAFT Artspace in Alice Springs, to create this new vision of their Country.