Tribe: PintupiArea: Central & Western DesertBorn: c. 1945George Ward Tjungurrayi was born in the vicinity of Kiwirrkura. He began painting for the famed Papunya Tula Artists in about 1976.His ancestral country covers the sites around Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya to the north-west of Kintore across the West Australian border. George paints the Tingari stories for this region. Tingari Cycle refering to ancient stories of the Tingari People who travelled the land during mythological times.One of George’s most recent achievements is winning the prestigious 2004 Wynne Prize at the Gallery of New South Wales for his topographical depiction of the Western Desert. He has also exhibited in many galleries throughout the past decade.
2004 – Wynne Prize – NSW Art Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria – purchased 1997ArtbankArt Gallery of South Australia, AdelaideGroninger Museum, GroningenMuseum of Victoria, MelbourneRobert Holmes à Court Collection, PerthSupreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1997 – Utopia Art, Sydney – Solo show1998 – Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
1990 – Friendly Country – Friendly People, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia1991 – Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia1992 – Broadbeach, Australia1993 – Canberra, Australia1994 – Broadbeach and Adelaide, Australia1995 – Canberra, Australia1995 ‘Dreamings’ – Tjukurrpa, Groninger Museum, Groningen,The Netherlands1995 Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin1995 Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Alice Springs,1995 Australia Utopia Art Sydney, Australia1996 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Adelaide1996 Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs1996 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne1996 Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin1996 Nangara. The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Brugge, Belgium1996 Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Alice Springs1997 – Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne1997 Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer, Germany1997 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia1998 – The Desert Mob Show, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australian1999 – Aboriginal Art, IHK Würzburg, Deutschland (in Kooperation mit Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer)2000 – ‘Art of the Aborigines’, Leverkusen, Germany (in cooperation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer)2000 ‘Lines’, Brisbane, Queensland2000 Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney2000 Pintupi Men. Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT, Australia2001 – Art of the Pintupi, Adelaide2001 Kintore and Kiwirrkura. Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Papunya Tula2001 Melbourne, Australia2004 – Art Gallery of NSW– Wynne Prize
Friendly Country – Friendly People. Kimber, R. (Hrsg.), Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs 1990. Johnson, V.Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert. A Biographical Dictionary, Craftsman House, East Roseville 1994, ISBN 9768097817 pg204Nangara. The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition from the Ebes Collection. The Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings (Hrsg.), Melbourne 1996. Stourton, P. CorballySonglines and Dreamings. Lund Humphries Publ., London 1996, ISBN 0853316910Papunya tula Genesis & Genius – Published by AGNSW 2000 pg 120,121,180, 181, 195, 227, 281, 294Contemporary Aboriginal Art by Susan McCulloch. Published by Allen and Unwin 1999, pg 63