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Date of Birth : 1947
Country : Kintore, NT
Language : Pintupi

George has been recognised in the top 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.

He began painting in Papunya in 1976 alongside the first generation of acrylic artists. He paints Tingari Cycle and specific ancestral sites located in his ancestral country.

Many of his eye catching, lineal and contrasting paintings now belong in important Australian gallery collections such as the Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of New South Wales. He is the brother of acclaimed women painters Naata and Nancy Ross Nungurrayi.

Born in the bush at Kirrimalunya, north-west of Kiwirrkurra in West Australia, George Tjungurrayi now lives at Kintore in the Northern Territory.

A Pintupi, Luritja and Ngaatjatjarra speaker, he started painting in 1976 and learnt his techniques from the “older” painters. George’s sister Naata Nungurrayi is a well-known artist and his uncle was Papunya school painter Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi.

George is known by the name “Hairbrush” for his huge mop of curly hair, a prolific painter whose works are deeply spiritual and often depict the sacred ceremonial sites in his ancestral country.



2008 Out of the Desert, National Museum of Australia

2008 Between the Lines, Utopia Art, Sdyney

2007 Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition, International Art Expo, Beijing, P.R China

2007 Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition, Grand Hyatt Hotel,Beijing, P.R China

2007 Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition China World Exhibition Centre, Beijing P.R China

2007 Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition, Gallery Grand Opening Beijing

2007 Lines and Signs, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2006 Homage to the Square, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2006 Art Forum, Berlin (in association with David Pestorius Gallery, Brisbane)

2005 The Dark and The Light II, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2004 Predominantly White by predominantly black artists, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2004 Spirit & Vision, Sammlung Essl, Austria

2002 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

Lines II, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2001 DREAMTIME: The Dark and The Light, Sammlung Essl, Austria

2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs

2000 Lines, firework gallery, Brisbane

1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1997 Utopia Gallery, Sydney

1997 “Dreampower” Adelaide

1997 Utopia Art, Sydney

1996 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1996 Araluan Arts Centre, Alice Springs

1995 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin

1995 Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

1995 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs

1995 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide

1995 Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1995 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory

1995 Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

1995, 1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs

1994 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide

1994 Dreamtime gallery, Broadbeach

1993, 1995 Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1992, 1994 Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach

1990, 1996: Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs



National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Qld University Art Museum, Brisbane

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Mem Aziz Private Collection, Melbourne

Holmes a Court Collection

Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Artbank, Sydney

University of Virginia, U.S.A.

Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney

Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanien, Paris, France


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