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Title

Untitled landscape

circa 1960


Artist

Joshua Ebatarinja

Australia

1940 - 1973

Language group

Western Arrernte, Central Desert region


About

Hermannsburg or Ntaria, as it is known locally, lies west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in the Central Desert region of Australia. Ntaria is on Western Arrernte country and in 1877 it became home to the Lutheran Hermannsburg Mission, the first Aboriginal mission in the Northern Territory.

Ntaria is also the birthplace of the Hermannsburg school – a landscape painting movement pioneered by Albert Namatjira, one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Namatjira was introduced to watercolour painting by the artists Rex Battarbee and John Gardner in 1934 and he was soon joined by many of his peers, including Walter Ebatarinja, Otto Pareroultja, Edwin Pareroultja, Claude Pannka, Benjamin Landara and Richard Moketarinja, resulting in a distinctive regional style.

These artists painted detailed images of their country, capturing the intimate changes in the landscape that came with different seasons or times of the day – documenting their artistic, cultural and proprietorial claims on the land.

Joshua Ebatarinja is the son of esteemed watercolour painters Walter Ebatarinja and Cordula Ebatarinja. He learnt by watching his father paint, creating tranquil views of his custodial lands west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).


Details


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil watercolour on paper


Dimensions

34.0 x 51.5 cm sight; 52.5 x 68.0 cm frame


Credit

Gift of Hanns and Pamela Schuttler 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

103.2015


Artist information

Joshua Ebatarinja

Works in the collection

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