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