George Tjungurrayi


Born: ca. 1947 Kiwirrkura, Western Australia
Lives & Works: Kintore, Northern Terriroty
Language: Pintupi
Region: Western Desert



George Tjungurrayi was born in the desert in the vicinity of Kiwirrkura in approximately 1947 and is the younger brother of Naata Numgurrayi.  George walked in to the community of Papunya with another man along the freshly graded road, after living at Mukula west of Kiwirrukura.  He commenced painting for Papunya Tula artists in the early 1980’s.George Tjungurrayi began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1976. While the traditional aesthetic of Western Desert painting is notable in his early work, he has developed a distinctly minimal style that not only engages with the striking linear quality of early Pintupi painting but is also inherently distinguishable as his own. Tjungurrayi’s paintings depict the topographical reference points of his ancestral country, particularly those that reflect sites of cultural significance within Pintupi culture.

Tjungurrayi’s work is held in a number of collections, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Groninger Museum, the Netherlands; Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin; and University of Virginia, Charlottesville.



2004 Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Musee des Arts d’ Afrique et d’Oceanic,  Paris
Groinger Museum, The Netherlands
University of Virginia, USA