Bold, painterly and conceptually rich, Vincent Namatjira’s work has gained significant recognition in Australia and abroad. Namatjira’s imagery calls on Australia’s colonial history, with recurring references to Captain Cook and the Queen. His observational works also chart his personal history and pay tribute to his great grandfather, Albert Namatjira, a renowned watercolourist well known for his iconic images of Central Australia. Albert Namatjira was the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship, and the first Aboriginal person to win the Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize.
‘I’m interested in people and their stories, and how someone from today is connected with the past. I like to paint people who are famous, and paint them here in my community, painting them in the desert puts them into an unexpected place. Having just a little bit of humour can take the power out of a serious situation, whether something is happening to you right now, or it happened long ago – it let’s you be in a little bit of control again, you can get a bit of cheeky revenge.’ (Vincent Namatjira, 2016)
THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of Namatjira’s work at Sydney Contemporary in September, 2017.
In 2016 Namatjira held his first solo exhibition at THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery in Melbourne which sold out before opening. Also in 2016 he exhibited at Art16, London; and was curated into Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation at TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Namatjira’s work was included in Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation at the British Museum, London (2015), opened by Prince Charles; in Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia; and the 10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale.
Namatjira is an invited finalist in the 2017 UQ Museum National Self Portrait Prize. He was a finalist in the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards (2016, 2014, 2013), in the John Fries Memorial Award (2015, 2013), and the Outback Art Award (2013). Namatjira’s work is held in significant institutional collections including the British Museum, Artbank, Flinders University Art Museum and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.