Oscar Namatjira

(Australia 1922 – 1991)

Community
Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Central Desert region
Language group
Western Arrernte, Central Desert region

Untitled (Central Australian landscape)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Oscar Namatjira was Albert Namatjira’s second son and for a period of about 12 months Oscar was Albert's 'driver', taking his father to different painting locations and acquiring the skills to become an accomplished artist in his own right. Oscar later passed these skills on to his daughter Lenie Namatjira who continued the style of watercolour painting established by her grandfather and his peers.

Like his father and daughter, Oscar created delicately hued landscapes that capture the play of light on the Western MacDonnell Ranges and other dramatic landforms such as Haasts Bluff. Initially thought of as having succumbed to European pictorial idioms – and for that reason, to ideas of European privilege over the land – these landscapes have since been re-evaluated as coded expressions of significant sites and cultural knowledge.

Place of origin
Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Western Arrernte, Central Desert region
Year
circa 1950
Media
Watercolour
Medium
watercolour
Dimensions
28.0 x 19.0 cm
Credit
Gift of the late Rev. and Mrs Gross of Hermannsburg Mission 2019
Accession number
80.2019
Copyright
© Oscar Namatjira