4 Jan 2013

Art inspiring ghost gum trees destroyed

8:02 pm on 4 January 2013

Two iconic ghost gum trees that feature in many of the paintings by the famed Australian indigenous artist Albert Namatjira have been destroyed by fire.

The trees, about 20 kilometres from Alice Springs, were featured in numerous works by Namatjira and helped establish his place in the international art world.

The ABC reports it is believed the fire that destroyed the trees was deliberately lit several days ago.

Albert Namatjira first came to the notice of Australian art circles in the late 1930s and by the 1950s had won international acclaim.

He died in 1959.