Painting Country: Albert Namatjira and the Hermannsburg School
The National Gallery of Australia is celebrating the philanthropic legacy of L. Gordon Darling AC, CMG and Marilyn Darling AC with Painting Country, a comprehensive survey of watercolours and painted objects by Western Arrarnta artist Albert Namatjira. Featuring 40 works of art gifted by the Darlings to the NGA, this stunning exhibition captures the renowned Australian benefactors’ immense appreciation of Namatjira’s impact and lasting influence. These works have never been displayed in public.
The exhibition looks at Namatjira’s early focus on people and animals and includes a series of watercolours that track the ancient path of one of the oldest waterways in the world, the Finke River, as it carves its way to the edge of the Simpson Desert.
The majority of the NGA’s collection of Namatjira’s works was generously gifted by the Darlings from their private collection between 2008 and 2016. A recent bequest from the late Gordon Darling established a fund to support the research and future acquisition of works of art by Hermannsburg artists, who continue to draw inspiration from Namatjira’s distinctive style.
Painting Country is a free exhibition and visitors can also see Defying Empire: 3rd Indigenous Art Triennial, another free exhibition on display until 10 September.