Albert Namatjira’s legacy celebrated


‎Albert Namatjira occupies a significant place within Australian art history, being the first widely recognised Indigenous artist. His work Western MacDonnells c.1945 was the first by an Aboriginal person to enter the QAGOMA Collection in 1947. The Hermannsburg School art movement that began at the Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg in Central Australia in the 1930s, was also Namatjira’s birthplace.

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William Dargie, Australia 1912–2003 / Portrait of Albert Namatjira 1956 / Oil on canvas / Purchased 1957/ Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.
Vincent Namatjira, Western Aranda/Pitjantjatjara people, Australia b.1983 / Albert Namatjira in Sydney – Yeah! ‘Albert’s Story’ 2014 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / Purchased 2014. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / ©Vincent Namatjira/Licensed by Viscopy

The Australian Collection captures major historical moments from first contact to colonisation, and exploration to immigration, with an emphasis on the Queensland experience bringing to life key strengths and narratives in our extensive Australian holdings. These narratives bring the Indigenous and Contemporary Australian collections into conversation with our historical holdings, and explore stories about Queensland and Brisbane from the region’s own perspective. The display integrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works alongside the familiar non-Indigenous artists of this country, to tell a fuller story of Australian art.

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Acknowledgment of Country
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the Gallery stands in Brisbane. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present and, in the spirit of reconciliation, acknowledge the immense creative contribution Indigenous people make to the art and culture of this country.

It is customary in many Indigenous communities not to mention the name or reproduce photographs of the deceased. All such mentions and photographs are with permission, however, care and discretion should be exercised.

Featured image detail: Vincent Namatjira Albert Namatjira in Sydney – Yeah! ‘Albert’s Story’ 2014

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