Vincent Namatjira’s new paintings feature portraits based on images sourced from vintage Royal Family photobooks, produced as souvenirs for royal visits to Australia. Namatjira juxtaposes this source material against his own visual language, so as to create an intervention in the colonial narratives that are so deeply entrenched in our national identity.
“Whenever I paint powerful figures like the royals, I’m trying to take away some of their colonial power and ownership. I use a mischievous self-portrait and a bit of cheeky humour as a kind of equaliser, a way of putting everyone on the same level. Whilst humour is a way of getting people’s attention, I really hope people also see the serious side. When I place an Aboriginal person front-and-centre or use the Aboriginal flag in a painting, it is as a symbol of our strength and resilience.” – Vincent Namatjira
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