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Vincent Namatjira The royal tour (the balcony)

acrylic on linen

122.2 x 304 cm

For me, the canvas is a setting where I can combine the past, the present and possible futures, and I can put myself – as a proud Aboriginal man – at the front and centre of a situation where we would usually be out of sight.

The Queen and royal family are interconnected with my own family history. My great-grandfather Albert Namatjira met Queen Elizabeth II back in 1954 and the royal family owns some of his watercolour paintings.

In this painting I’m on equal footing with the royals. I’m just about to suggest that we head inside the palace for a cuppa tea and take a look at those Namatjira watercolours.

Vincent Namatjira, 2022