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Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:17

The Hermannsburg School: History

Introduction

In 1934 a Western Arrernte Aboriginal man by the name of Albert viewed an art exhibition at the Lutheran Mission of Hermannsburg, Central Australia. The exhibition was arranged by mission superintendent Pastor F.W. Albrecht and featured the works of traveling artists Rex Battarbee and John Gardner. Over the two day exhibition more than 300 Aboriginal people attended. They stood enchanted and amazed at the sight of their tribal lands as portrayed by the European artists.

Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:14

The Waltzing Matilda Collection

 

             "WALTZING MATILDA"               

Painting No.1:  Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
                      Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
                      And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
                      "Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Painting No.2:  Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
                      You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me
                      And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
                      "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Painting No.3:  Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.
                      Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
                      And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
                      "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

                     Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
                     "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
                     And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
                     "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Painting No.4:  Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.
                      Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.
                      "Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
                      You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Painting No.5   Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
                      "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
                      "Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
                      You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Painting No. 6:  Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
                       "You'll never take me alive!" said he
                       And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
                       "Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

                       Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
                       "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
                       And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
                       "Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

 

The Waltzing Matilda Collection:

Sunday, 20 October 2013 06:29

The Hermannsburg Collection

Due to the creative genius and determination of one very special man, Albert Namatjira the Lutheran mission at Hermannsburg burst unexpectedly on to the Australian and International contemporary art scene in the late 1930's. Having joined Rex Battarbee's painting expedition in 1936 as a camel driver, and learnt his method of landscape watercolour painting, Albert's skill so impressed Battarbee that he noted after only a brief period that "I felt he had done so well that he had no more to learn from me about colour," (cited in Morphy 1998: 268). Namatjira's aptitude in capturing the high colouring of the desert landscape, the gorges and valleys of the country of his birth and his Dreaming saw him engage in a painting career over the following decades in which he created unforgettable images of the Western Macdonnell Ranges and their environs including Fink River, Palm Valley, Glen Helen, Haast's Bluff, Mt Sonder, and Ormiston Gorge as well as occasional images of sites further afield including Ayers Rock. His romantic depictions of the desert have become synonymous with our vision of the Australian outback.

Saturday, 19 October 2013 07:55

Welcome to Invest In Art

Australian art is any art made in Australia or about Australia, from prehistoric times to the present. This includes Aboriginal, Colonial, Landscape, Atelier, early twentieth century painters, print makers, photographers and sculptors influenced by European modernism, Contemporary art. The visual arts have a long history in Australia, with evidence of Aboriginal art dating back at least 30,000 years. Australia has produced many notable artists of both Western and Indigenous Australian schools, including the late-19th-century Heidelberg School plein air painters, the Central Australian Hermannsburg School watercolourists, the Western Desert Art Movement and coeval examples of well-known High modernism and Postmodern art.

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