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George Tjungurrayi

Born: 1947
People: Pintupi
Language: Pintupi
Area: Central & Western Desert

George (Hairbrush) Tjungurrayi was born in the remote desert area of Kiwirrkura, Western Australia in 1947 and began painting in 1976 whilst living in West Camp, Papunya, together with his older brother Willy Tjungurrayi, also a well known Aboriginal artist.

George’s paintings often depict the Tingari dreaming cycle and sacred sites from his ancestral land. George was voted “The most collectable artist” by Australian Art Collector magazine.

 

Exhibitions

1990, 1996 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1992, 1994 Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach
1993, 1995 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1994 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1995 Australia Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands.
1995 Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
1995, 1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1995 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory
1996, 1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1997 Utopian Gallery, Sydney
1997 "Dreampower", Adelaide
2000 Papunya Tula: Genesis & Genius, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs

 

Collections

  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
  • Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris, France
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • University of Virginia, USA
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