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GEORGE WARD TJUNGURRAYI

Date of Birth : c.1945
Country : Lararra, WA
Language : Pintupi

George and his family walked to Papunya via Mount Doreen and Yuendumu in 1960. it wasn‘t until 1984 that he began painting with the Papunya artists. He has a distinctive, mesmeric style that depicts the dreamings of the Tingari Cycle of his ancestral lands.

George Ward Tjungurrayi started painting in 1984. He was born in the bush near Kiwirrkura in Western Australia C1947. George is married to Nyungawarra Ward Napurrula and his daughter Gracie Ward Napaltjarri is emerging as an artist in her own right. George and his half brother, Willy Tjungurrayi moved to Papuyna in the 1960’s. After the death of his other brother, Yala Yala Gibbs, the responsibility to paint fell onto his shoulders, as he was now a senior lawman.

George has painted at various locations, including Mt Liebig (Yamunturrngu) and Kintore (Walungurru), and at the Yayayi and Waruwiya outstations, working alongside fellow artists such as, Joseph Jurra Tjapatjarri and Ray James Tjangala.

George lives in Papunya, and began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1976 and does various jobs in the community as well as painting, he moved there 1963, he now spends his time with his family in Warakurna.

George received the Wynne Prize in 2004. His paintings depict the sacred ceremony the Tingari cycle and the stories associated with the ceremonial site near Lake MacDonald.

 

EXHIBITIONS—SOLO

1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1997 Utopia Art, Sydney

 

EXHIBITIONS—GROUP (SELECTED)

2011 Eclectica Exhibition Series (I, II and III), FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2010 The Inspired Dream: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
2007 Utopia and Beyond: Aboriginal Desert Art from East to West, Cooee Aboriginal Art, NSW
Shapiro: Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Shapiro Art & Design, Sydney
2000 Art of the Aborigines, Leverkusen, Germany in cooperation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Bähr, Speyer)
1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
1995 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
Groninger Museum, Groninger, The Netherlands
1994 Gallery Australis, Adelaide, SA
1993 Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1992 Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach, QLD
1991 Friendly Country, Friendly People: Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

 

AWARDS

2004 Winner of the Wynne Prize: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1994 Winner of the Wynne Prize: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

 

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Artbank
Groninger Museum, Groningen
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Perth
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin

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