The Artists

Albert Namatjira



Since 1937, many newspaper and journal articles have been written about Albert Namatjira and his art, and State Libraries throughout Australia and the National Library have in their biography collections extensive material relating to this artist. Further biographical material can also be found in the Libraries of the State Galleries and in the Library of the National Gallery of Australia.

Of the books written on Albert Namatjira, I would direct researchers to The Heritage of Namatjira: The Watercolourists of Central Australia, which has a fairly extensive list of 'Sources', 'Unpublished Sources', 'Catalogues' and 'Films'.

Following is a brief selection of books and catalogues relating to Albert Namatjira and his art, that I would suggest for further reading.

ALBERT NAMATJIRA. (Memorial Exhibition catalogue) Contributors Mona Byrnes, Jonah Jones and Elwyn Lynn.
Alice Springs, Araluen Arts Centre, 1984.

Albrecht, Pastor F. W. ALBERT NAMATJIRA: NATIVE ARTIST (8 page booklet published in October 1950).

Alexander, Joseph A. (compiled and edited) Who's Who in Australia XII Edition,
Melbourne, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd., 1944.

Amadio, Nadine (compiled and edited) Albert Namatjira: The Life and Work of an Australian Painter Melbourne, Macmillan, 1986.

Battarbee, Rex Modern Australian Aboriginal Art
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1951.

Battarbee, Rex and Bernice Modern Aboriginal paintings
Adelaide, Rigby, 1971.

Batty, Joyce D. NAMATJIRA: Wanderer Between Two Worlds
Melbourne, Hodder and Stoughton, 1963.

Brackenreg, John Central Australian Artist: Albert Namatjira
Legend Press, Australia, 1983.

Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850-1965. (From the Queensland Art Gallery collection)
Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery, 1998. (Note paper: 'READING NAMATJIRA: The Art of Albert Namatjira' by Rodney James)

Campbell, Jean Australian Watercolour Painters, 1780-1980
Rigby, Australia, 1983.

Hall, Vic C. NAMATJIRA of the Aranda
Adelaide, Rigby, 1962.

Hardy, Jane; J.V. S. Megaw and M. Ruth Megaw (editors) The Heritage of Namatjira: The Watercolourists of Central Australia
Melbourne, William Heinemann, 1990.

The Heritage of Namatjira at Flinders (Exhibition catalogue) (Exhibition curated by A. K. M. Amzad Hossain Mian)
Flinders University Art Museum, 1991.

Leske, Everard (editor) Hermannsburg: A Vision and a Mission
Adelaide, Lutheran Publishing House, 1977.

Mackenzie, Andrew Albert Namatjira: 1902-1959
Brisbane, Oz Publishing Co., 1988.

Megaw, M. Ruth (catalogue editor) The Heritage of Namatjira
Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency, 1991.

Mountford, C. P. The Art of Albert Namatjira
Melbourne, Bread and Cheese Club, 1944 (reprinted in 1949).

Robinson, Roland The Feathered Serpent, with a foreword by T.G.H. Strehlow
Sydney, Edwards & Shaw, 1956.

Strehlow, T. G. H. Aranda Traditions
Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1947.

Strehlow, T. G. H. Nomads in No-Man's-Land (Originally delivered as an address on January 20, 1960 at the Ninth Summer School oganized by the Adult Education Department, University of Adelaide.)

Strehlow, T. G. H. Songs of the Aranda
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1971.

Andrew Mackenzie

Left: Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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