Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

George Tjungurrayi

Classic Concentric Circle Iconography

b. 1947, Kiwirrkura, Northern Territory

George Tjungurrayi was born in 1947 in the remote desert area, west of Kiwirrkura and moved to Papunya in the early 1960s. George Tjungurrayi and his older brother, artist Willy Tjungurrayi, belong to the Pintupi language group and both commenced painting in West Camp at Papunya in 1976. George Tjungurrayi’s tribal country includes significant ceremonial sites near Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya, north-east of Kintore across the Western Australian border.

George Tjungurrayi initially focused on the classic concentric circle iconography in interpreting the particular heroic mythological events for which he is custodian. However, since 1995 his style has diverged dramatically, concentrating on linear, minimal designs to depict the Tingari Cycle Dreaming and the specific sacred sites located in his ancestral country. Tjungurrayi’s art exemplifies to a mesmerizing degree, some of the classic trademarks of the Pintupi style: sacred, iconic imagery, bold, graphic execution and subtle use of colours.

George Tjungurrayi has exhibited regularly in group exhibitions since the early 1980s. In 1995 he was included in the exhibition Australia Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, at the Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, and in 2000 he was selected to exhibit in Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has since exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas including in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Israel and the United Kingdom.  He is represented in the Collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris, France and the Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands.

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