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Collection: Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira led an extraordinary life and his influence and impact on not only Australian Aboriginal art but the Aboriginal community and their standing within Australia as citizens with rights to vote and more cannot be overstated.
Albert was born and raised in the Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission, 126kms southwest of Alice springs, and the European influence of the missionaries can be seen in Albert's work with his education being of a relatively high quality and his access to more modern artistic materials being linked to that association.
Albert was arguably the first Aboriginal artist to enjoy success in the wider Australian community, and is universally considered a monumental figure in the history of Australian art as a whole, not just within the scope of Indigenous art. His work blended Aboriginal landscapes with Western painting styles to outstanding effect and are often painted on artefacts rather than canvas or board adding to the special nature of his work.