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Vincent Namatjira

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Word Up: Vincent Namatjira

Word Up

Artist Vincent Namatjira shares some Western Arrernte connected to his journey as a painter.


27 Feb 2021

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Ep 106: Vincent Namatjira

Talking with Painters

The name Namatjira is a famous one. Vincent Namatjira’s great-grandfather, Albert Namatjira, was one of Australia’s great painters, uniquely depicting Australia’s desert landscapes in vibrant watercolour. Although he didn’t know about his connection with the famous artist in his childhood – he was in foster care and removed from his culture – Vincent has made his own way to success. But this time it was through portraiture. Painting for the first time in 2012, he would soon become a regular finalist in Australia’s most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, ultimately winning it in 2020. He was the first indigenous artist to win the Archibald but, as Vincent would say, ‘it only took 99 years’. His winning painting, ‘Stand strong for who you are’ was a portrait of the artist with Adam Goodes, the indigenous AFL player who became renowned for speaking out against racism. Vincent saw parallels between Adam’s life and his own which he talks about in this conversation. The subjects of Vincent’s portraits are wide-ranging; from his great-grandfather, aboriginal elders and politicians to the Queen, Captain Cook and Vladimir Putin. Painted in an expressive style, his works also encapsulate his unmistakable humour. In one work he places himself in the royal carriage with the Queen and in another is cutting a birthday cake with Donald Trump. Everyone is on a level playing field. Vincent lives in the Indulkana community in the APY lands, about 400 km south of Alice Springs and is one of about 30 artists connected to its arts centre, Iwantja Arts. He has received significant acclaim. Apart from winning the Archibald Prize, he won the Ramsay Art prize in 2019, has received an Order of Australia for his contribution to indigenous visual arts, his works have been acquired by the British Museum and significant institutional collections across Australia and he has exhibited in solo shows and international art fairs. I interviewed Vincent at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where he had been commissioned to paint the museum’s Foyer wall. It’s a huge 15m work called ‘P.P.F (Past-Present-Future)’ and depicts people who have been influential in his life. It is a spectacular work and will remain in the foyer for the next two years. To hear our podcast conversation click on ‘play’ below the above photo. Scroll down for images of works we talk about on the podcast. Above photo of Vincent Namatjira by Daniel Boud, standing in front of P.P.F. (Past-Present-Future), 2021, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2021, supported by Veolia Environmental Services, image courtesy the artist; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; and Iwantja Arts, South Australia © the artist, Links Vincent Namatjira at Iwantja Arts Vincent Namatjira at This is No Fantasy Albert Namatjira Kunmanara ‘Jimmy’ Pompey Adam Goodes ‘The Final Quarter’ documentary ‘Stand Strong for who you are’, 2020, acrylic on linen, 152 x 198cmWinner Archibald Prize 2020, Art Gallery of NSWImage: AGNSW website ‘P.P.F. (Past-Present-Future)’, 2021, synthetic polymer paint,  commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2021, supported by Veolia Environmental Services, image courtesy the artist; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; and Iwantja Arts, South Australia © the artist, photograph Daniel Boud ‘Studio self-portrait’, 2018, acrylic on linen, 152 x 198cm, Highly commended in the Archibald Prize 2018, AGNSWImage: AGNSW website ‘The Royal Tour (Vincent and Elizabeth)’, 2020, acrylic on linen, 67 x 91cmImage courtesy of the artist and Iwantja Arts ‘Prime Minister series, 2016, ‘Seven Leaders series’, 2016 and ‘The Richest series’, 2017acrylic on canvasImage courtesy of the artist and Iwantja Arts ‘Welcome to Indulkana’, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 304cmImage courtesy of the artist and Iwantja Arts


25 Feb 2021

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Arty. Aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira - the winner of the Archibald Prize 2020 - Arty. Аборигенный художник Винсент Намаджира - лауреат премии Archibald Prize 2020

SBS Russian - SBS на русском языке

This year, the Archibald Prize was awarded for the first time in it's 99 years history to aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira with his work Stand Strong for Who You Are. - В этом году лауреатом премии Archibald Prize впервые за 99 лет существования премии стал аборигенный художник Винсент Намаджира с его работой Stand Strong for Who You Are. 


20 Oct 2020

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Take It Blak podast - Short Blak - Vincent Namatjira

Take It Blak podcast

‘Who is Namatjira? Namatjira could be anybody’: Archibald winner Western Arrernte man Vincent Namatjira talks to Take It Blak host Rachael Hocking about growing up in foster care, learning about his famous Namatjira surname, and what it means to be the first Blackfulla to win the Archibald Prize, and build his own legacy as a contemporary figurative artist.


5 Oct 2020

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Vincent Namatjira, Mathias Cormann on responsible lending changes and Dan Ilic's social media feed

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25 Sep 2020

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'It only took 99 years': Vincent Namatjira becomes the first Aboriginal artist to win the Archibald Prize - 아치볼드 상 수상 원주민 예술가 “99년 밖에 걸리지 않았다”

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Western Arrernte man Vincent Namatjira has won the 2020 Archibald Prize, becoming the first Aboriginal artist to take out the honour in its 99-year history. - 풋볼 선수 출신의 원주민 지도자 아담 구즈를 그린 초상화로 아치볼드 상을 수상한 서호주의 예술가 빈센트 나마지라 씨는 원주민 출신으로는 처음으로 아치볼드 상을 수상했다.


25 Sep 2020

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Vincent Namatjira – Artist Talks A Lightness of Spirit

ACCA Podcast

Hear Western Arrernte artist Vincent Namatjira from Indulkana on the APY Lands, SA, talk about his new work 'Welcome to Indulkana' 2018 commissioned by ACCA for 'A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness'.Recorded on Saturday 7 July 2018. Program made possible with support of Program Partners: Indigenous Languages and Arts Program, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Presenting Partner Creative Victoria and Lead Media Partner The Saturday Paper.Further info: https://acca.melbourne/exhibition/a-lightness-of-spirit-is-the-measure-of-happiness/


13 Jul 2018