George Ward Tjungurrayi

George Ward Tjungurrayi
1945 (Lakarra, Western Australia)

Country: Lakarra
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Pintupi


Around 1945, George Ward Tjungurrayi was born near sacred Lakarra in Western Australia. Like many other Pintupi, he came to Papunya in the wake of one of Jeremy Long’s Welfare Branch Patrols in 1963. George spent a lot of time looking at the work of his brothers Yala Yala Gibbs and Willy Tjungurrayi, who had become two of the most important painters of Papunya Tula in Kintore. George, who considers himself a true ‘bush man’ moved deeper into the desert to Kiwirkurra and in 1984 he began painting for Papunya Tula Artists. His subjects include classical grids of circles that tell the stories of his country and ancestors (Tingari). He also paints many Snake (Python) and Kuningka (Western Quoll, a carnivorous marsupial) Dreamings. After the death of his brother Yala Yala in 1998, George devoted himself increasingly to painting, and gradually developed a distinctive, personal style. The immense salt lake Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald) often takes precedence in his paintings. The combination of meticulous, geometric designs in George’s work, paired with the somewhat shaky, volatile dot-work results in exciting, vibrant and ever moving surfaces. In 2004 George won the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Wynn Prize for landscape painting.


Selected exhibitions:

2018 'East meets West', SmithDavidson Gallery, Okt - Dec, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018 Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi collection, Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

2013-2014: 'Vivid Memories - An Aboriginal Art History', Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
2004: Art Gallery of NSW - Wynne Prize, Sydney, Australia
2001: ‘Art of the Pintupi’, Adelaide?, Australia
2001: Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2000: ‘Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2000: 'Art of the Aborigines', Leverkusen, Germany (in cooperation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer)
1998: ‘The Desert Mob Show’, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
1997: Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
1996: ‘The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition’, Brugge, Belgium  
1996: Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin?Nangara, Australia
1995: Utopia Art Sydney, Australia?
1995: Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Alice Springs,? Australia
1995: Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
1995: 'Dreamings' – Tjukurrpa’, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
1991: Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
1990: ‘Friendly Country - Friendly People’, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia 


National Gallery of Victoria
Artbank South Australia, Adelaide
Groninger Museum, Groningen
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin

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view work by George Ward Tjungurrayi

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