George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi - TINGARI DREAMING GT1920

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George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Tingari Dreaming Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas GT1920
Tingari Dreaming George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Australian Aboriginal Artwork on canvas GT1920
Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Tingari Dreaming GT1920
Aboriginal Artwork on canvas by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Tingari Dreaming GT1920
George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Tingari Dreaming Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas GT1920
Tingari Dreaming George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Australian Aboriginal Artwork on canvas GT1920
Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Tingari Dreaming GT1920
Aboriginal Artwork on canvas by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi Tingari Dreaming GT1920

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Artist: George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi
Skin Name: Tjungurrayi
Born: c.1943
Region: Kintore
Language: Pintupi
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Tingari.

 

ABOUT ARTIST

George Tjungurrayi was born in around 1947 near Kiwirrkurra located  in the Gibson Desert, in Western Australia. His nickname is “Hairbrush” and stems from his amazing thick locks of hair. His brother Willy Tjungurrayi and older sisters Nancy and Naata Nungurrayi are also very well known Papunya Tula Artists.

 

 

George spent his childhood and youthful years in the bush around the Gibson Desert, leading a traditional lifestyle away from the Western influences of the world. 

In the late 1960’s he moved to the Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in Central Australia. His traditional country spans across traditional sites around Wala Wala, Kiwirrkurra, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta Karku, Ngaluwinyamana, and Kilpinya to the north west of Kintore across the Western Australian border. 

In 1976 George commenced painting  for Papunya Tula Artists shortly after the first wave of Western Desert art had a huge impact on the outside world. George worked in close proximity to these and other established' artists.

In 1990 George achieved fame for the first time when exhibited in Friendly Country-Friendly People organised by Dick Kimber for at Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs.

In 1997 George developed a new expression of the Tingari, the Pintupi’s creation figures, this breakthrough led him to his first solo exhibition and was the beginning of him becoming one of Australia’s most collectable Indigenous artists.

By 2000 George Tjungurrayi had become one of Papunya Tula’s most sought after painters and in 2003 he was listed amongst Art Collector magazine’s 50 most collectable artists. The same year he had been included on the exhibition Meridian, Focus on Contemporary Aboriginal Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

In 2006 one of his paintings was highly commended for the 34th Alice Prize, and in 2010 and 2011 he was highly commended for his entry into the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and his works have been selected entrants on multiple occasions. This is Australia’s most prestigious art award and his repeated entries only further confirm not only his talent but collectability.

George Tjungurrayi is tremendous with the linear patterns and the ancient Dreamings behind those labyrinth of lines. His paintings depict the Tingari Cycle and refer to his ancestral country, the stories and various sacred sites surrounding the area such as Wala, Kiwirrkurra, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya. His homeland is a clay-pan type environment where water soakages are used by travelling men and the small flesh Mungilypa shrub grows profusely. His artworks are in keeping with typical Western Desert imagery bound by subtle hues of reds, oranges, whites and brown however his art style has evolved to now include brighter colour tones which dominate his canvases. George’s artworks refer to the significant sites of his traditional homelands and ancestral country in Central Australia. They depict the Tingari Cycle which is a group of ancestral spirit beings who travelled around creating the land forms, performing ceremonies and instilling the law and culture to the Pintupi people. The lines within the artworks depict the map which recounts these travels.

George spends the majority of his time with his wife, Nanupu Nangala and family in his community in Kintore which is approximately 700kms west of Alice Springs. He has five children and a large extended family. He is highly collectable and certainly worth considering as an investment piece particularly if you appreciate Western Desert art.

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 “George Tjungurrayi, Ronnie Tjampitjimpa & Warlimpirrgna Tjapaltjarri”, ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
  • 2013 “Desert Country”, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier.
  • 2013 “Crossing Cultures”, The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art”, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA.
  • 2013 “Painting Now – Papunya Tula Artists”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2013 “Language of the Land”, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin. 
  • 2012 “Desert Country”, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle.
  • 2012 “Ancestral Modern”, Australian Aboriginal Art, The Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA.
  • 2012 “Classic Works from Papunya Tula Artists”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2012 “Interconnected”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2012 “Desert Country”, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • 2012 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin.
  • 2012 “Visual Rhythm”, Cross Cultural Exchange, Darwin.
  • 2012 “Desert Mob 2012”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2012 “Crossing Cultures”, The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA.
  • 2012 “PTA 40th Anniversary”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2012 “Unique Perspectives – Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2012 “Community IV – Celebrating 40 years of Papunya Tula Artists”, Utopia Art, Sydney. 
  • 2011 “Art Karlsruhe 2011”, Karlesruhe, Germany.
  • 2011 “Revival in Small”, Arkelch, Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2011 “40 years of Papunya Tula Artists”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2011 “Desert Country”, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Crawley.
  • 2011 “Aboriginal Art 2011”, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.
  • 2011 “Pintupi Art 2011”, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide.
  • 2011 28th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin.
  • 2011 “Desert Country”, Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Mornington.
  • 2011 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin.
  • 2011 “Desert Mob 2011”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2011 “Pintupi Trials 2011”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2011 “Australia in Two Colours”, Artkelch Collectors Lounge, Schordorf, Germany.
  • 2011 “Desert Country”, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
  • 2010 “Tradition to Modernity”, Central Art, Alice Springs & Tasmania.
  • 2010 “Museum III”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2010 “PTA NOW”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2010 “Tradition & Innovation”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2010 “Aboriginal Art 2010”, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.
  • 2010 “Papunya Tula Artists – Art of the Western Desert”, Harvey Art Projects, Idaho, USA.
  • 2010 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin.
  • 2010 27th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin.
  • 2010 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2010 “Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara – Belonging To One Country”, ReDot Gallery Singpore. 
  • 2010 “Desert Country”, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • 2010 “Recent Paintings”, Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
  • 2010 “Community”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2009 “Pintupi 2009”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2009 “Pro-community – Papunya Tula Artists”, Berlin, Frankfurt & Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2009 “Community – The Heart of Papunya Tula Artists”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2009 “Nganampatju Kanpatja Winki. Nganampatju Yara Winki – All Our Paintings. All Our Stories”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs. 
  • 2009 “Papunya Tula Classics”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2009 “Papunya 2009, Senior Pintupi Artists”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2009 “Pro-community - Papunya Tula Artists”, Kunstwerk, Ebergingen-Nussdorf, Germany.
  • 2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin.
  • 2009 26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin.
  • 2009 “Painting the Country”, Cross Cultural Exchange, Darwin.
  • 2009 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin.
  • 2009 “Nganana Tjungurringarnyi Tjukurrpa Nintintjaktjka – We Are Here Sharing Our Dreaming”, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, USA.
  • 2008 “David Larwill and the Western Desert Artists”, Stephan Wiess Studio, New York, USA.
  • 2008 TogArt Contemporary Art Award”, Darwin.
  • 2008 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair”, Convention Centre, Darwin.
  • 2008 “Aboriginal Art 2008”, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.
  • 2008 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2008 “20 years of Papunya Tula Artists”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2008 Pintupi Art 2008”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2008 “Kintore to Kiwirrkurra”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2007 “Papunya Tula 2007”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2007 Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • 2007 “Group Show”, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2007 “Big Paintings”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2007 “Aboriginal Art 2007”, Scott Livesey Galleries,Melbourne.
  • 2007 24th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin.
  • 2007 “Recent Paintings 2007”, Cross Cultural Exchange, Darwin.
  • 2007 “Pintupi Art 2007”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2007 “Pintupi – Mixed Exhibition”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2006 “Across the Board”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2006 “Aborinal Art 2006”, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.
  • 2006 34th Alice Prize”, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2006 “PTA”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2006 “Pintupi”, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK.
  • 2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 2006 “PapunyaTula Artists – Recent Paintings”, Harriet Place Darwin.
  • 2006 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2006 “Pintupi Art 2006”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2006 “Well Represented”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2006 “A Particular Collection”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2006 “Pintupi Dreamtime”, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore.
  • 2006 “Yawulyurru Kapalilu PAlyara Nintipayi”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2005 “Papunya Tula Artists”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2005 Wynne Landscpae Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • 2005 “Museum II”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2005 Aboriginal Art 2005”, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne.
  • 2005 “Pintupi Art 2005”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2005 “New Work for a New Space”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2005 “Pintupi Artists”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2005 “New Works from the Western Desert”, Indigenart, Perth.
  • 2004 “Pintupi Art 2004”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2004 “Talking About Abstraction”, University of New South Wales – College of Fine Arts, Sydney.
  • 2004 “Papunya Tula Artists 2004”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2004 “All About Papunya”, Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
  • 2004 “Talking About Abstraction”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales – College of Fine Arts, Sydney.
  • 2004 “The Inner and The Outer”, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Vila Dessuaerm, Bamberg, Germany.
  • 2004 “Aboriginal Art 2004”, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne.
  • 2004 “Ma Yungu/Pass It On”, Framed Gallery, Darwin.
  • 2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 2004 “Looking Closely at Country”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales – College of Fine Arts, Sydney”.
  • 2004 Pintupi Artists”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2004 “Mythology & Reality”, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
  • 2003 “Paintings from Mamultjukulnga and Kirrimalunya” Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2003 Pintupi Art 2003”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2003 “Aboriginal Art 2003”, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne.
  • 2003 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2003 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin.
  • 2003 “Masterpieces From the Western Desert”, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, UK.
  • 2003 “Pintupi Artists”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2002 “Aboriginal Art 2002”, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne.
  • 2002 “Next Generation – Aboriginal Art 2002”, Art House Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2002 “Paintings from our Country”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2002 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne.
  • 2002 “Pintupi Artists”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2002 “Meridan – Focus on Contemporary Australian Art”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 
  • 2002 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 2001 “Pintupi Exhibition”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
  • 2001 AMG Gallery, Paris, France.
  • 2001 Palm Beach Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
  • 2001 “Papunya Tula 2001”, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne.
  • 2001 “Art of the Pintupi”, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide.
  • 2001 “Kintore, Kiwirrkurra”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 2001 “Art Aborigene”, Musee Olympic, Lausanne, France.
  • 2001 “Dreamtime – Contemporary Aboriginal Art”, Essl Collection, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2001 “Museum”, Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 2001 “In Concert”, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
  • 2001 “31st Alice Prize”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2001 “Aborigena”, Palazoo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy.
  • 2000 “Lines”, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2000 “Aboriginal Art 2000”, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne.
  • 2000 “Aborignial Art Select Works”, Kozminsky Gallery and Fine Art Dealer, Melbourne.
  • 2000 “Aboriginal Art”, Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer, Germany.
  • 2000 “Papunya Tula Genesis and Genuis”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • 2000 “Pintupi Men”, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 2000 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 1999 The Desert Mob Art Show”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1999 “New Horizons 2000”, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 1998 “Culture Store” Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1998 The Desert Art Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1997 Utopia Gallery, Sydney.
  • 1997 'Dream power' Adelaide.
  • 1997 Papunya Tula ARtistss, Alice Springs.
  • 1997 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 1996 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
  • 1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs – Fringe Festival Adelaide.
  • 1996 Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
  • 1996 CAAACE, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1996 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 1996 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 1995 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 1995 Utopia Art, Sydney.
  • 1995 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.
  • 1995 Groninger Museum, The Netherlands.
  • 1995 Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
  • 1995 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs.
  • 1994 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide.
  • 1994 Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach.
  • 1993 Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
  • 1992 Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach.
  • 1990 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.

 

COLLECTIONS

  • National Gallery of Australia.

  • National Gallery of Victoria.

  • Art Gallery of South Australia.

  • Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

  • Robert Holmes a Court Collection.

  • Groninger Museum (The Netherlands).

  • Araluen Arts Centre.

  • Artbank.

  • University of Virginia (USA).

  • Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Griffith University Art Collection.

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales.

  • Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanien (France).

  • Hood Museum of Art (USA).

 

AWARDS

  • 2011 Highly Commended, 28th annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin. 

  • 2010 Highly Commended, 27th annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin.

  • 2006 Highly Commended, 34th Alice Prize, Alice Springs.

George’s paintings depict the Tingari Cycle and refer to his ancestral country, the stories and various sacred sites surrounding the area such as Wala, Kiwirrkurra, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya. His homeland is a clay-pan type environment where water soakages are used by travelling men and the small flesh Mungilypa shrub grows profusely. George’s artworks refer to the significant sites of his traditional homelands and ancestral country in Central Australia. They depict the Tingari Cycle which is a group of ancestral spirit beings who travelled around creating the land forms, performing ceremonies and instilling the law and culture to the Pintupi people. The lines within the artworks depict the map which recounts these travels.

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