Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Dimensions: 27 x 37 cms
Current Whereabouts: Private Collections
CHG Director’s Statement: Albert Namatjira was an Aboriginal artist who saw a great deal of success due to his distinctive painting style. His fame led to Albert and his wife becoming the first Aborigines to be granted Australian citizenship.
Namatjira’s first exhibition in Melbourne (1938) was sold out. He went on to experience moderate success nationally at one stage drew praise from the Queen.
However his career was cut short when Albert was charged for supplying alcohol to Aboriginal people in 1958 and was imprisoned for 2 months. When he was freed, he had lost the will to paint. In 1959, he passed away.
In September 2016, Albert Namatjira’s largest painting was auctioned for a record breaking $122,000, surpassing the presale estimate of $80,000 - $100,000.
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