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Ewald Namatjira

85 Career Overall Rank

74 2018 Market Rank

  • Born: 1930 - 1984
  • Active: 1948

  • Region: Central Desert, NT
  • Community: Hermannsburg
  • Language: Aranda

Ewald Namatjira began painting in 1947 and by 1980 thirteen paintings had appeared at public auction in Australia, with the highest price paid being $400. A decade later 85 works had been offered of which only 19 had transscended his 1980 record. The highest price paid at that time was $1200.

He died in 1984, and since that time a steady stream of his works have appeared at public sale. Today, no less than 468 works have been offered of which 361 have sold. This a very high 77% success rate. It attests to the durability of his paintings in the public affection. Yet the average price achieved for his works across the years has been a very lowly $649.

So many of Ewald's paintings have been simply untitled or generically called Central Australian Landscape, that it is difficult to find resales of the same work over and over again. There are many to be sure, and they will have increased in value at each successive offering. His record price was achieved for an untited work by Deutscher and Hackett in April 2009. Though estimated at only $1,000-1,500, the very large watercolour (51 x 72 cm) sold for $6,600 including buyers premium. The following year, 2011, Leonard Joel set his second highest price at $6000 for a work with a title atributed to be (Gum Tree In Foreground). A year later his third higest price was achieved by Sotheby's and in 2012 his fourth highest price ($3,600) was achieved by Sotheby's once more. In fact, nine of Ewald's ten highest results have all been set since 2009, during a very flat market. This attests to the fact that Ewald's stocks are very definitely on the rise, along with all of the central characters in the developing Hermannsburg school of the 1940s to 1970s. While his career average is very low, the average prices achieved for his ten highest priced works is $4,030. This is a bit misleading however. In 2012 nine works were offered of which six sold for an average price of $1,060.

Collectors attracted to the work of Albert Namatjira and his sons, as well as the breakaway group headed by Otto Pareroultja and his brothers, should be aware that prices for their works have been steadily increasing year after successive year. They are still comparatively affordable, but this will not last forever. As time marches on, their most desirable and accomplished works will be expected to sell for a premium each time they appear at sale.

Ewald Namatjira was born the third son of Albert and Rubina on the 11th of July 1930. As a young child he would often complain of ill health and was subsequently allowed to spend more time at home or on painting trips with his father. He took up painting in 1947 and from the outset he surprised Pastor Albrecht who had thought him to have little artistic abilty. Rex Battarbee noted that his early works exhibited originality and credited them for their atmosperic and decorative qualities. Especially evident in his landscapes were interesting patterns and design qualities.

In July 1949, at the age of 19, Ewald was involved in a hunting accident with a rifle. This caused the loss of sight in his right eye. He recovered from the injury, and continued to paint, though his injury altered his abilities and the direction of his style. In some of Ewald's later work, the landscape has a slanted appearance. One of the strengths was his colouration where he employed deep reds, purples, ochres and vivid golds.

He passed away in 1984.

Profile References

Christopher H Hunter. 2009. Hermannsburg School. -. -.


Alice Springs , Ellery Creek, Finke River, Glen Helen Gorge, Haasts Bluff (Ulampuwarru), Hammersley Gorge, Hearties Gap, Heavitree Gap, Hermannsburg Mission , Honeymoon Gap, James Range, Jay Creek, MacDonnell Ranges


Ghost Gums, Landscape, Twin Gums


Watercolour Paints on Board, Watercolour Paints on Paper

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
AIAM100 Rating
Clearance Rate
Average Price
Total Price
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
0.2727 0.2076 0.2577 0.7987 0.7482 0.4346 0.4748 0.3013 0.3756 0.4115 0.7871 0.4120 0.1954 0.0944 0.0865 0.1340 0.0914 0.0920 0.1985
12/14 9/13 12/16 28/33 29/37 17/30 15/17 12/15 13/19 10/10 19/25 14/20 6/9 4/7 4/5 7/10 4/8 3/4 9/9
$517 $532 $461 $814 $666 $654 $1,002 $630 $835 $1,693 $1,716 $866 $1,060 $557 $468 $367 $522 $940 $486
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2018

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction



sale price: $6,600.00
auction: Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne  lot: 194 date: 29/04/2009
51 x 72 cm Watercolour on paper

(Gum Tree in Foreground)

sale price: $6,000.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 152 date: 27/06/2010
37.5 x 53.5 cm Watercolour over pencil on paper

Untitled (Central Australian Landscape) (circa 1960)

sale price: $4,800.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Sydney  lot: 134 date: 18/10/2011
36 x 28 cm Watercolour and pencil on artist board

(View of Ranges with Clouds)

sale price: $3,600.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 287 date: 18/04/2010
35.5 x 53.5 cm Watercolour over pencil on card

Untitled (Central Australian Landscape) (1960)

sale price: $3,600.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne  lot: 75 date: 05/06/2012
54.5 x 76 cm Watercolour and pencil

Untitled (Burnt Ghost Gum Hermansburg)

sale price: $3,585.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Sydney  lot: 47 date: 29/08/2010
121 x 15.5 cm Watercolour

Sundown Near Areyonga, Western MacDonnell Ranges

sale price: $3,120.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 3 date: 19/07/2009
52 x 73 cm Watercolour

Central Australian Landscape 1962

sale price: $3,120.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 202 date: 30/05/2006
36 x 52 cm Watercolour on paper

Fink River Gorge, Entrance to Glen Helen (Circa 1950),

sale price: $3,000.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Sydney  lot: 130 date: 30/11/2010
35 x 47 cm Watercolour and pencil on artist board signed 'Ewald Namatjira' lower right

Blue Sky with Billabong in Foreground

sale price: $2,880.00
auction: Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 376 date: 25/10/2009
33.5 x 53.5 cm Watercolour

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