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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: Aboriginal painting

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George H. Tjungurrayi (b. c.1937)

George "Hairbrush" Tjungurrayi was born near Kiwirrkurra, a remote Pintupi outpost in Western Australia's Gibson Desert.  Brought up in the bush, George followed a completely traditional lifestyle away from western influences until, legend has it, curiosity led him to follow a graded track hundreds of kilometres to the Warlpiri settlement of Yuendumu.  Shortly thereafter, in the late 1960s, George moved to the settlement of Papunya.
 
Not being involved in the first wave of artists inspired by Geoffrey Bardon, George started painting c. 1976, around the same time as his great friend and skin brother, George Ward Tjungurrayi.  Initially, George painted in well worn patterns adopted by many Pintupi artists.  During the 1990s, George developed a new expression of the Tingari, the Pintupi's creational figures.  It was this breakthrough that led him to his first solo exhibition in 1997.  Since 1997, George has become one of Australian indigenous art's most collectible artists.
 
George spends the majority of his time with his family at his home in Kintore, about 700 km drive west of Alice Springs.
 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1990 "Friendly Country - Friendly People", Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs
1991 Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs
1994 Australia Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1995 Droombeelden - Tjukurrpa, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Germany
1995 "Australia Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Art", Groninger Museum, Groningen, Holland
 1995 "12th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Aboriginal Award", Darwin
1995 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1995 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory
1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1996 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1998 "The Desert Mob Show", Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs
1999 "Aboriginal Art", IHK Würzburg, Germany
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs
2001 Australia Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2003 "Pintupi Artists", Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 "Talking About Abstraction", University of New South Wales - College of Fine Arts, Sydney
2004 "Talking About Abstraction", Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts - The University of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 "The Inner And The Outer", Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany
 2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2004 "Looking Closely At Country", Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts - The University of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 "Pintupi Artists", Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 "Mythology and Reality", Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Collections:
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Artbank, Sydney
University of Virginia, USA
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanien, Paris, France
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Groninger Museum, Groningen Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

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