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BIOGRAPHY

Vincent Namatjira was born in Alice Springs, Australia in 1983. His work has been exhibited at the British Museum, London; TarraWarra Museum of Art, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea; THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne; and the Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria. The artist has received awards and honors including the Archibald Prize and the Ramsey Art Prize. His work is held in several public collections including the British Museum, London; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
The Royal Tour, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

2019 
Coming To America, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

2018 
Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Miami
Legends, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

2017
Sydney Contemporary, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Sydney

2016 
THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Just Not Australian, touring regional exhibition

2020
Just Not Australian, touring regional exhibition
Eight Days in Kamay, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

2019
Ramsay Art Prize Finalist Exhibition (Winner), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney
Just Not Australian, Artspace, Sydney (touring nationally from 2020)
Art Basel Hong Kong, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Hong Kong
Celebrating Culture: Contemporary Indigenous Art, Glen Eira Gallery, Melbourne

2018
The 9th Australia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
Weapons for the Soldier, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (touring nationally from 2020)
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2017
Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Ramsay Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory
NAIDOC Week, Adelaide Town Hall, South Australia
UQ Museum National Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland, Brisbane

2016
Art16 Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales

2015
Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, Mildura, Victoria
Sydney Contemporary, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Sydney
Rising Stars, Outstation, Darwin, Northern Territory
Desert Mob, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

2014
Alberts Story, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, South Australia
Desert Mob, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Adelaide Airport, on behalf of Marshall Arts, Adelaide
Aboriginal Art from the Eastern APY Lands, Kelch Gallery, Freiburg, Germany

2013
Desert Mob, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Outstation, Darwin
Iwantja Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
APY Lands Survey Exhibition, Outstation, Darwin Northern Territory
Our Mob, Anita Chan Lai Ling Gallery, Hong Kong
Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania
Vincent Namatjira, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, South Australia
Salon des Refuse, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory
Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne

2012
Iwantja Arts, Mossenson Gallery, Perth, Western Australia

2011
Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

 

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS, & GRANTS

2021
Recipient, Circular Quay Foyer Wall Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

2020
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Winner, The Archibald Prize, Sydney

2019 
Winner, The Ramsay Art Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Finalist, The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of Sydney

2018
Highly Commended, The Archibald Prize, Sydney
Finalist, The Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs

2017
Finalist, The Archibald Prize, Sydney
Finalist, Ramsay Art Prize, Adelaide
Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards, Northern Territory
Invited entrant, Q Museum National Self Portrait Prize

2016
Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards, Northern Territory

2015
Finalist, John Fries Memorial Prize – shortlisted, Sydney
Finalist, Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, Perth

2014
Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards, Northern Territory
Finalist, Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs

2013
Finalist, Outback Art Award, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Finalist, John Fries Memorial Prize
Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards, Northern Territory

COLLECTIONS

British Museum
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Flinders University Art Museum
Berndt Museum, University of Western Australia
Artbank

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019
Wes Hill, The wry humour of Vincent Namatjira’s portraits, Frieze Magazine, Feb 2019

2018
APY Artist’s take on power hits a nerve, Australian Financial Review, Dec 2018
Natalie King, Vincent Namatjira in conversation with Natalie King, Ocula, 24 Nov 2018
Nick Galvin, Indigenous soldiers out of the shadows, Sydney Morning Herald, November 2018
John McDonald, The Archibald Prize 2018: A tough one to pick, 10 May 2018
Andrew Purvis, Vincent Namatjira’s portraits of the rich and powerful, fine print magazine

2017
Andrew Purvis, Vincent Namatjira’s portraits of the rich and powerful, March 30

2016
Sophie Knezic, 5th TarraWarra Biennial, September 10
TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation, Arts Review, August 25
Emily Richie, Vincent Namatjira: past and future in one frame, The Australian, August 19
Kiran Finnane, From Ceremony to Selfies, Art Monthly, March 15

2015
Kathy Marks, ‘Aboriginal art festival, Australia: New generation of Central Desert artists captivating the art world’,
Traveller, September 11
Tarnanthi fair gives indigenous creativity a $100,00 showcase, The Australian, October 14
Gaye Sculthorpe, ‘Bringing Great Australian Indigenous works...’, Australian Financial Review, April 2

2014
Emily Cones-Browne, British Museum Acquires Vincent Namatjira Work, Art Collector magazine

2013
‘Australia’s Best emerging Visual Artists Shine’, Elle Magazine, August 30
Katie Spain, ‘Brush with Greatness in the APY Lands: Vincent Namatjira’, The Advertiser, August 9

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