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 Dreamings of Tingari Cycle of his ancestral lands.
George Ward Tjungurrayi’s incredible ability to depict his country was recognised in 2004 when he won the Wynne prize, the equivalent of the Archibald for landscape painting.
His work can be seen in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of New South Wales. George Ward Tjungurrayi is half brother to other famous artists, Willy Tjungurrayi and Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi.