An image of Studio self-portrait

Vincent Namatjira

(Australia 1983 – )

Community
APY Lands, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Language group
Pitjantjatjara

Studio self-portrait

Other titles:
Sitter - Vincent Namatjira
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.’

Place of origin
APY Lands, South Australia, Australia
Year
2018
Media
Painting
Medium
acrylic on linen canvas
Dimensions
152.0 x 198.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone 2018
Accession number
240.2018
Copyright
© Vincent Namatjira