Ewald Namatjira’s Hermannsburg landscape of the Aboriginal Arrernte people of the Northern Territory in the 1950s.
Ewald Namatjira’s Hermannsburg landscape of the Aboriginal Arrernte people of the Northern Territory in the 1950s. Collection Queensland Art Gallery

Indigenous art to be exhibited

ARTISTS from Central Australia’s legendary Hermannsburg School will be showcased at the Gympie Regional Gallery from July 17 as part of a major Queensland Art Gallery touring exhibition.

Namatjira to Now offers audiences in Gympie an in-depth look at one of Australia’s longest continuing contemporary art movements.

Queensland Art Gallery director Tony Ellwood said the exhibition featured more than 100 art works, including iconic Hermannsburg watercolours, as well as ceramics and acrylic paintings.

“This is a unique opportunity for Gympie audiences to view works by the famous founder of the Hermannsburg School, Albert Namatjira, his teacher Rex Battarbee, and more recent artists currently working in the community today, such as Judith Inkamala and Irene Entata,” Mr Ellwood said.

“The exhibition continues the gallery’s long-term commitment to travelling major exhibitions to regional Queensland, and supporting and exhibiting contemporary indigenous art.

“Namatjira to Now reveals the kinship and creative relationships that exist between Hermannsburg artists and the importance of tradition and continuity in their culture.

“It explores the beginnings of the Hermannsburg School in the mid-1930s through the early watercolour landscape paintings of Albert Namatjira, and the continued work of a small group of artists with special connections to the movement.”

Mr Ellwood said the Hermmansburg School had continued to produce vibrant and highly celebrated works since its inception.

“Highlights of the exhibition include William Dargie’s Archibald Prize-winning portrait of Albert Namatjira, Irene Entata’s bold acrylic Albert and Rex 2003 painting, as well as works by the ‘sons of Namatjira’ – Enos, Oscar, Ewald, Keith and Maurice, and Namatjira’s eldest grandson, Gabriel,” he said.

“An important focus of the exhibition is the artists’ ongoing quest for innovation within their chosen forms and media.”

Namatjira to Now will show at the Gympie Regional Art Gallery until September 11. The official opening is on Saturday, July 17 at 2pm.

A special family day event, held in Albert Namatjira’s honour, will be on Saturday, August 14 from 10.30am-2pm.

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