Keith Namatjira (1938-1977)

Keith was born the fourth son of Albert and Rubina on the 13th of June 1938. He grew up at a time when his father had achieved much renown through his art and would often accompany him on interstate trips. He was present when Albert was introduced to Queen Elizabeth in Canberra in 1954. Keith features in the documentary film Sons Of Namatjira which exposes bad practices in the emerging contemporary Aboriginal art market.

Keith took up painting in the tradition established by his father and older brothers. His early works are finely drafted and include a more diverse range of subjects. A feature of his later work is his boldly expressive ghost gums.