Artist Profile

George Ward Tjungurrayi
Born :c. 1945
Location :Kiwerrkurra, Western Desert
Skin group :Tjungurrayi
Language :Pintupi


George Ward Tjungurrayi


George Ward Tjungurrayi was born around 1945 in the Gibson Desert near the remote West Australian community of Tjukurla. His father died when he was young, and it was not until his teenage years that George first met with white settlers. After having met a welfare patrol in 1963, George moved to Papunya where he undertook various jobs in the community.

George Ward Tjungurrayi started painting in 1976. He painted in different locations, including Yayayi and Waruwiya outstations of Yamunturrngu (Mount Liebig) and Walungurru (Kintore). At that time, he worked along-side other artists like Joseph Jurra Tjapaltjarri and Ray James Tjangala. His dreaming is the Tingarri cycle and stories associated with a sacred site near Lake MacDonald.

In 2004, George Ward Tjungurrayi received the Wynne Prize, the prize awarded each year at the same time as the Archibald for the best Australian landscape painting.








George Ward Tjungurrayi 


 You are welcome to visit the art gallery to view George Ward Tjungurrayi and other aboriginal artists artwork on Linen/Canvas, Coolamon, Didgeridoo, Boomerang and Pottery at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street. Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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