Award-winning artist Vincent Namatjira tells the life story of his great-grandfather, Albert Namatjira, one of Australia’s most iconic artists.
Vincent’s witty and moving paintings are accompanied by evocative text, which records the pivotal moments in Albert’s life. In telling his great-grandfather’s story, Vincent builds a compelling picture of the times and conditions in which Albert lived and worked, capturing his triumphs and tragedy against a backdrop of social change and historical injustices.
This poignant children’s book provides an important tool for discussion about Australia’s art history, and a launching pad for exploration of the key moments in Australia’s Aboriginal Rights movement.
Vincent Namatjira is a Western Aranda painter from Indulkana in South Australia who has gained significant recognition for his work both in Australia and overseas. In 2020 he became the first Indigenous artist to win the Archibald Prize.
WHAT YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE:
Beautiful, whitty paintings.
An evocative story, both inspiring and sad, of Albert Namatjira's life.
WHAT YOU WILL LOVE:
A starting point for discussion about Australia's art history and the Aboriginal Rights movement.
Biographies about Albert and Vincent Namatjira.
This hardback picture book has 32 pages and measures 30cm x 22.5cm.