Born Northern Territory, Australia 1920, died Western Aranda, Northern Territory 1966
Enos Namatjira was the eldest son of Albert Namatjira (1902–1959). He was one of the Hermannsburg group of artists influenced by his father’s watercolours and the paintings of Rex Batterbee and John Gardner.
In 1934 Batterbee and Gardner had travelled to Hermannsberg on a painting excursion, and had exhibited their watercolours of the surrounding area at the local school. This event generated strong interest from hundreds of members of the Indigenous community, including Albert Namatjira and others who later began painting with Batterbee.
Enos Namatjira attended mission school and worked as an assistant on a camel train. He started painting in 1945 after three years working with the Australian Army Labour Company during World War ll. Like his father, Enos Namatjira’s watercolour landscapes were outwardly western in their representation, but were imbued with the knowledge of country and Aboriginal spiritual beliefs. The blue Macdonnell Ranges depicts the jagged mountain range that runs 300km east and west of Alice Springs, and that dominates the views of the Aranda district where the artist lived.
Enos Namatjira’s work is held in the National Gallery of Australia and in many private collections.