ABC Listen features a conversation with Vincent Namatjira on AWAYE!

21 Oct 2023

Presented by Rudi Bremer on AWAYE!, a part of ABC Listen, this program showcases diverse and vibrant Aboriginal arts and culture from across Australia.

During the episode, Bremer speaks with Vincent Namatjira at his solo exhibition, Desert Songs held at Yavuz Sydney. Namatjira draws inspiration from his great-grandfather, the renowned watercolour painter Albert Namatjira, seamlessly blending Western influences with a distinctive perspective rooted in his Aboriginal heritage and a deep connection to the Country.

In their conversation, the artist shares personal insights into the title of his exhibition, Desert Songs, and provides further details about his process for selecting the figures for his portraits. This process spans a wide spectrum of tones, ranging from witty satire to sincere homage.

Image: Vincent Namatjira in Mparntwe Alice Springs with artwork, Charles on Country, 2022, acrylic on linen, 122 x 91 cm. Photographed by Jesse Lizotte. Courtesy of Iwantja Arts