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Award-winning artist Vincent Namatjira tells the life story of his great-grandfather, Albert Namatjira, one of Australia’s most iconic artists.
Vincent’s witty and moving paintings are accompanied by evocative text, which records the pivotal moments in Albert’s life. In telling his great-grandfather’s story, Vincent builds a compelling picture of the times and conditions in which Albert lived and worked, capturing his triumphs and tragedy against a backdrop of social change and historical injustices.
This poignant children’s book provides an important tool for discussion about Australia’s art history, and a launching pad for exploration of the key moments in Australia’s Aboriginal Rights movement.
Albert Namatjira is a unique children’s picture book of both artistic beauty and historical importance, and will appeal to children, art collectors and those looking for a special gift.
The artwork in this book is part of a body of work called ‘Albert’s Story’ that was acquired by QAGOMA - Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
"My hope is that our children, after reading this book, will understand the amazing legacy [Albert Namatjira] left for us." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
– Merle Morcom, Good Reading
"There are many levels on which to recommend Albert Namatjira…a valuable addition for middle school and lower secondary students…"
– Carmel Ballinger, Magpies Magazine
"Vincent’s picture book will help to ensure Albert Namatjira’s importance is recognised by new generations of Australians."
– Marjorie Lewis-Jones, The South Sydney Herald
"...an excellent starting point for discussions on Australian history and reconciliation…"
– Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide
"...an amazing biographical work that tells the life of one of Australia’s most renowned artists."
– Lauren Pratt, Underground Writers
"...a book for all Australian homes, for art classrooms and history lessons, for geography and english…"
– Educate. Empower.
"Albert Namatjira is simply a triumph of painting, of biography, of history, and of tribute. Magnificent."
– Phil Lesnie, Books+Publishing
"A landmark document of Australian art history and a catalyst for exploring the Aboriginal Rights movement."
– Happy Mag
"...a loving and timely tribute to a great man..."
– Fran Knight, ReadPlus
"Alongside Vincent's expressive art, it's an important history and cultural lesson for youngsters."
– The Herald Sun