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Albert Namatjira


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.


Praise for Albert Namatjira

"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

" excellent starting point for discussions on Australian history and reconciliation…"
Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide

" 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

Vincent Namatjira
Vincent Namatjira is a Western Aranda painter from Indulkana in South Australia who has gained significant recognition for his work both in Australia and overseas. In 2020 he became the first Indigenous artist to win the Archibald Prize, and was...

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