Al­bert Na­matjira

Paint­ing Coun­try

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Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia Un­til 2 April, 2018 Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory

Western Ar­rarnta artist Al­bert Na­matjira trans­lated the an­cient beauty of the Cen­tral desert land­scape through his water­colours of ghostly gums, red gorges and pur­ple moun­tain peaks, an­cient paths and wa­ter­ways; with some scenes in­hab­ited by peo­ple and an­i­mals. Na­matjira’s paint­ings in­still an Indige­nous nar­ra­tive that sub­verts the pos­ses­sive func­tion of the Western land­scape genre in Aus­tralian art through a vis­ual dis­play of recla­ma­tion of land and cul­ture.

‘Paint­ing Coun­try’ is a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of Na­matjira’s works, some never be­fore seen.

Stan­d­ley Chasm, c1945, paint­ing in wa­ter­colour over faint un­der­draw­ing in black pen­cil, 39.6 x 25.8cm

Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­berra, gift of Mar­i­lyn Dar­ling AC in mem­ory of Gor­don Dar­ling AC CMG 2016

Donated through the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Cul­tural

Gifts Pro­gram

Cour­tesy Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­berra

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