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Studio self-portrait



Vincent Namatjira


1983 –

Language group: Western Aranda, Central Desert region

Alternate image of Studio self-portrait by Vincent Namatjira
Alternate image of Studio self-portrait by Vincent Namatjira
  • Details

    Other Title
    Sitter - Vincent Namatjira
    Place where the work was made
    APY Lands South Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region, Western Arrernte, Central Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer on linen canvas
    152.0 x 198.0 cm
    Gift of Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone 2018
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Vincent Namatjira

    Reproduction requests

    Archibald Prize
    - 2018
    Artist information
    Vincent Namatjira

    Works in the collection


  • 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.’

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

Other works by Vincent Namatjira