George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi
George Tjungurrayi has risen to prominence on the Australian art scene due to his consistent dedication to perfecting his artistic style, reminiscent of the significant Papunya artist movement that began in 1971.
Born around 1947, near Kiwirrkura, George Tjungurrayi lived a traditional upbringing in the Kintore community with the Pintupi people. During the early 1960’s George and his family moved to the Papunya community. It was during this time in Papunya amidst the radical government policies preventing indigenous rights that a significant artistic movement arose. Concentric circles and geometric shapes dominated the canvas and gave way to a new form of expressive art. Notably, George’s brother Willy was a founding member of the Papunya artists and to this day considered a very important artist.
George served as an ‘apprentice’ to more senior artists in the Papunya art community upon his arrival to Papunya. Although heavily influenced by the Papunya style, during this time George was able to experiment and perfect his own distinctive style. In 1976 George began painting in his own right. Using shades of colour and optical lines, George conveys the Tingari, the sacred ancestral journeys of men and women. His art work details specific sites across the North West of the Kintore and the Western Australian border. With a strong Papunya background amalgamated with his original technique, George has gained prominence in the Indigenous and Australian art scene. Most notably George was announced as a finalist for the Wynne Prize of 2007 and in 2003 was voted as one of Australia’s top 50 most collectible artists by the Australian Art Collector Magazine.
George’s visually mesmerizing art work saw his first solo exhibition achieved in 1997. Since then, George has featured in many private and public collections worldwide, including being included in the Robert Holmes a Court collection.