The bold artworks make for a dazzling display, showcasing Namatjira’s unique, wry look at topics such as history, culture, politics and power – InDaily

25 Oct 2023

“Colonialism, pop culture and family legacy are all part of the story shared through the first major survey exhibition of work by Vincent Namatjira, an artist who enjoys placing powerful people outside their comfort zone.” writes Suzie Keen of InDaily Australia, following the media launch of notable Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira’s first survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The subjects of his portraits in his survey exhibition range from well-known musicians and sportspeople, to royalty, politicians, and family. To Namatjira – who believes in “the power of the paintbrush” but also likes to paint with “a little bit of humour.

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour is showing at the Art Gallery of South Australi until January 21, after which it will travel to the National Gallery of Australia. It is accompanied by a monograph on the artist, titled Vincent Namatjira. The Adelaide exhibition is part of Tarnanthi, which opens this weekend and encompasses dozens of exhibitions and events at 27 different venues across the city and state.

Images: Installation views of ‘Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour’ at Art Gallery of South Australia. Photographed by Saul Steed. Courtesy of the artist, AGSA and Iwantja Arts