Albert Namatjira


FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

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.

Albert Namatjira is a unique children’s picture book of both artistic beauty and historical importance, and will appeal to children, art collectors and those looking for a special gift.

The artwork in this book is part of a body of work called ‘Albert’s Story’ that was acquired by QAGOMA - Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.


About the Author

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, and was the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia. In 2019 he was awarded the $100,000 acquisitive Ramsay Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Vincent is represented by Iwantja Arts.