Monthly Archives: December 2014

Rex, Albert, and Bobby

I’ve posted previously about Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira and his remarkable, evocative work, and I mention him as well in my book, Waltzing Australia. I had seen his work even before my first trip to Australia, when, in addition to seeing more of his paintings, I also visited some of the sites Namatjira had painted. But I hadn’t encountered any information on how he learned to paint.

Because he too loves the Outback, I follow the blog of Bobby Dazzler, who does a nice job of highlighting iconic elements of the “back o’ beyond.” His most recent post is about Rex Battarbee, the artist who taught Namatjira. I can only imagine how delighted Battarbee must have been to find so gifted a student. Anyway, if you’re interested in Namatjira and would like to read the article, you can find it here: https://dazzlerplus.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/rex-and-albert/

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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