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Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi

 (c.1921 - 1999)
Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi was active/lived in Australia.  Charlie Tjungurrayi is known for Aboriginal painting.

Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi

Biography from Millon & Associes

Charlie was born between 1928 and the late 1930s in a very isolated area of ??the bush. He is the brother of "Helicopter" Tjungurrayi and the cousin of Patrick and Brandy Tjungurrayi, all three very important artists. As a young man he traveled wide and spent time around Kiwirrkurra where he lived afterwards. His first encounter with the western world is the observation of a cow (an animal brought from Europe, which did not exist in Australia before the arrival of white men). After the famous evacuation of his sick cousin (hence his nickname Helicopter), the family travels the Canning Stock Route before moving to the mission of Balgo. This is where he grows up. He leaves Balgo after his marriage with Josephine Nangala to join Kintore. He will leave a moment of Balgo before joining Kiuwirrkurra during the installation of the community in the mid-1980s, to be closer to "his" Country. At the time there are only 9 buildings in Kiwirrkurra! He began painting in 1987. He is known as a traditional healer and his reputation as such extends over jackets territories. He is often inspired by the story of a Venomous Snake who lives in Nyinmi, a waterhole. He came from Lake MacKay (Wilkinkarra). Before arriving at Nyinmi, the Serpent met a Woman and her two Sons. A struggle opposed the Woman to the Serpent who, to escape death, plunged into the ground. The rest of the story is too secret for other items to be delivered. These events are associated with Tingari Cycles.

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About  Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi

Born:  c.1921
Died:   1999
Known for:  Aboriginal painting