Why Did Albert Namatjira Paint The Australian Landscape?


Portrait Story: Albert Namatjira


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Frequently Asked Questions

What inspired Albert Namatjira to paint?

Motivated by a deep attachment to his country and the possibility of a vocation that offered financial return, Namatjira expressed an interest in learning to paint. In 1936 he accompanied Battarbee as a cameleer on two month-long excursions in and around the Macdonnell Ranges.

Why did Albert Namatjira paint ghost gums?

In Albert (Elea) Namatjira's paintings, ghost gums can be seen to represent ancestors lived and dreamed. Namatjira's ghost gums fill the frame and the heights of the branches are lost altogether.

Did Albert Namatjira sign his paintings?

Up until that time he had signed his watercolours 'ALBERT', and in one or two instances he signed these early exhibited works 'NAMATJIRA ALBERT'.

What kind of landscapes did Albert Namatjira paint?

Namatjira started painting in a unique style. His landscapes normally highlighted both the rugged geological features of the land in the background, and the distinctive Australian flora in the foreground with very old, stately and majestic white gum trees surrounded by twisted scrub.

How did Albert Namatjira become famous in Australia?

Albert Namatjira (1902 – 1959) Albert Namatjira is one of Australia’s great artists, and perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter. His western style landscapes – different to traditional Aboriginal art, made him famous. Fame led to Albert and his wife becoming the first Aborigines to be granted Australian citizenship.

Why was Albert Namatjira barred from moving into a White House?

He was barred from moving into what he aspiringly called “a white man’s house” in a residential area of Alice Springs because he was of Aboriginal descent. In the last year of his life he was jailed for two months for supplying alcoholic liquor to a noncitizen Aboriginal person.

Why did Albert Namatjira want to live in Alice Springs?

Success brought money – and Albert planned to use it to secure a future for his family. He wanted to lease a cattle station – but as an Aborigine he wasn’t allowed. Next he tried to build a house in Alice Springs. Once again the law prevented him, just because he was Aboriginal. It was a strange situation.

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