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Title

Studio self-portrait

2018


Artist

Vincent Namatjira

Australia

1983 -

Language group

Pitjantjatjara


About

The art centre documentation for this work states;

‘This is me in the studio, sitting and thinking after a hard day’s painting. In the background is the canvas I’m working on – so it’s really a painting within a painting. Painting is an ongoing battle; it’s me and the canvas, the paint and the brush. You never stop learning,’ he says.

‘I work in a busy art centre, and there’s always different music playing – country music, gospel, inma (cultural songs in language). It must have been rock ’n’ roll on this day because I’ve put on the Kiss t-shirt and Chuck Berry is playing his guitar back there on the canvas.

‘Behind the wheel of the green truck is my grandfather, Albert Namatjira. Painting is in my blood, it’s a part of our family. I admire the way that Albert made his own path with watercolour landscapes of his country. I’m finding my own way now with painting, and I want to keep fighting that battle in the studio every day.’


Details


Other Title

Sitter - Vincent Namatjira


Place where the work was made

APY Lands South Australia Australia


Date

2018


Media category

Painting


Materials used

acrylic on linen canvas


Dimensions

152.0 x 198.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

240.2018


Artist information

Vincent Namatjira

Works in the collection

1