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Oscar Namatjira

1922 - 1991

Biography:

Oscar was born, out bush, in 1922. After attending mission school he joined the Army Labor Gang in 1942. He returned to the mission three years and took up painting. In 1947 Oscar became Alberts truck driver. He would drive Albert to his various painting spots and leave him with supplies. Oscar would then visit the camps of family and friends. This lasted for about a year until the truck became so damaged from the rough dirt tracks that it had to be garaged.
Of Alberts five sons Oscars work is most strongly influenced by his fathers. His landscapes achieved a similarly high standard of finish with later works having a brighter pallet. Oscars best works match Alberts for technique and beauty. Superbly composed, they capture subtle changes in light. His ghost gums are masterly. Note. Early works were signed, Oskar Namatjira.
Language Group: Western Arrernte
Skin: Peltharre

Oscar Namatjira art

Signed "Oscar Namatjira" lower right.

 

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Artwork Title:
Central Australian Landscape, c.1
Medium:
Watercolour
Size:
35cm x 52cm
Description:

Signed "Oscar Namatjira" lower right.

 

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