Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Garimala (The Two Snakes) 1988

Albert Namatjira’s lasting legacy on display

The life and work of Albert Namatjira have left a lasting legacy for artists throughout the country. Visit our new Collection display ‘Indigenous Australian Collection: Namatjira Story‘ which features both early works by Albert Namatjira alongside artworks by those he influenced. As a boy in the 1950s, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, a Mara painter from the Gulf…

Arrernte watercolour by Lenie Namatjira, Glen Helen Station 2010

Arrernte Watercolours integral in the Namatjira story

The Hermannsburg School of watercolour painting is the longest continuing contemporary Aboriginal art movement, spanning the period from the mid 1930s to today. This important movement was established at Ntaria (Hermannsburg) before moving to Alice Springs, 125 kilometres to the east. Here, the families of the original painters have continued the tradition, living and working…

Namatjira story

Albert Namatjira (28 July 1902 – 8 August 1959) was a Western Arrernte-speaking Aboriginal artist from the MacDonnell Ranges, west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. His Western-style landscapes, different from traditional Aboriginal art, made him a celebrated pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art in the 1950s and the most famous Indigenous Australian of his generation.…

Everywhen, Everywhere

Our new permanent Indigenous Australian Art gallery at QAG houses a range of works by artists from across the country and across time. When we engage in time-based discussions about the Dreaming, WEH Stanner’s concept of the ‘everywhen’ is useful, unifying and inclusive. ‘One cannot “fix” the Dreaming in time: it was, and is, everywhen…

Albert and Vincent

The generosity of Dirk and Karen Zadra means that this work by Vincent Namatjira, a member of one of Australia’s most well-known artistic families, can be displayed beside the painting that inspired it, and will enrich the ongoing importance of its famous subject. Vincent Namatjira is one of the leading lights of the emerging generation of…

From the Director: ‘Transparent’ on tour

‘Transparent’, the first exhibition to comprehensively survey QAGOMA’s holdings of watercolours inspired by and painted in Queensland, is full of beautifully translucent and often intimately observed works. Having shown at QAG from March to July this year, it’s now heading to a dozen regional Queensland galleries through September 2016. The works in this unique timeline…