As part of the Tarnanthi Festival, AGSA presents the first survey exhibition of acclaimed Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira. Renowned for producing paintings laden with dry wit, Namatjira has established himself in the past decade as a celebrated portraitist and a satirical chronicler of Australian identity. His paintings offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective. Namatjira often positions himself in this history – out of place and out of time – and in doing so he helps us to reconcile our complex and traumatic pasts.

Showcasing Namatjira’s burgeoning artistic practice, this major exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper and moving image from public and private collections nationwide. Following Tarnanthi 2023, the exhibition will travel to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 2024.

Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia

Principal Partner

  • BHP
Tour Dates
Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide, South Australia 20 Oct 2023 – 21 Jan 2024
National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2 Mar - 21 Jul 2024

installation view: Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

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Vincent Namatjira, Western Aranda people, Northern Territory, born Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Northern Territory 1983, Cook’s Dinner Party, 2015, Indulkana, Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 91.0 x 122.0 cm; Purchased 2015 Artbank Collection, © the artist.

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