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Painting by Walter Ebatarinja


Painting by Walter Ebatarinja

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Physical description

A watercolour painting on very thick paper featuring a water hole reflecting a section of a purple mountain. To the left is a grove of trees featuring two trees with pale trunks, two trees with brown striped trunks, one tree with a dark trunk and brown leaves, and a group of trees with dark trunks and green leaves. To the left of and behind the grove is a red-brown rocky outcrop. Towards the back on the right side is a large purple and pink mountain range with green trees running along the base. In the background there are sections of a pale blue mountain range. The painting is bordered in pencil to indicate the edge of the image. There is a faint signature underneath the grove of trees that reads 'WALTER EBATARINJA'.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 55 watercolour paintings on paper and card of varying sizes, purchased by Archie and Jean McGregor during 1963-1966, while McGregor was manager of the Bank of New South Wales in Alice Springs. The collection represents 18 prominent artists of the Hermannsburg group that followed Albert Namatjira's success during the 1960s, amid debates over citizenship and financial rights.

The artists represented in the collection were all born, and the majority began painting, during Albert Namatjira's lifetime, most learning from him and painting with him: Albert Namatjira's sons, Enos, Oscar, Keith and Maurice, and Enos Namatjira's son Gabriel, Albert Namatjira's nephew Walter Ebatarinja and his wife Cordula, Henoch and Herbert Raberaba, Otto and Edwin Pareroultja, Richard Moketarinja, Benjamin Landara, Lindsay Imbarndarinja, Norman Ratara, Claude Pannka, Arnulf Ebatarinja and Athanasius Renkaraka. The artists developed their own styles, selling their work through an advisory council, art dealer or directly to tourists, cutting their artist's boards up into easily transportable sizes and often painting scenes that had proved popular in sales.

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