George Ward Tjungurrayi

George was born circa 1945 near the site of Lararra, east of Tjukurla in Western Australia. George shares the same father as internationally renowned artists Yala Yala Gibbs and Willy Tjungarrayi. Like many of his contemporaries, George first made contact with Europeans via a welfare patrol led by Jeremy Long and Nosepeg Tjupurrula – this was said to be at a rock hole site south of Kiwirrkura. After moving to Papunya he worked as a fencer and a butcher in the Papunya kitchen. He began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in about 1976.
His ancestral country covers the sites around Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya to the north-west of Kintore across the West Australian border. George paints the Tingari stories for this region. Tingari Cycle refers to ancient stories of the ancestral Tingari People who travelled the land during mythological times.
One of George’s most recent achievements is winning the prestigious 2004 Wynne Landscape Prize at the Gallery of New South Wales for his topographical depiction of the Western Desert.
Interest in his work has risen dramatically.
George Ward is one of Australia’s most respected and highly regarded artists.
His works are collected world-wide, stamped by a classic style and steeped in Tradition.

Highest auction price for George Ward Tjungurrayi (all media) is $42,000. Soakage Water of Kirrimalunya, 2004, Synthetic polymer on Belgian linen, 182 x 305 cm, Lawson Menzies, Sydney 30/05/2006

Selected Exhibitions:
1987 – Utopia Art, Sydney; 1988- Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; 1990- Friendly Country – Friendly People, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs; 1991- Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs;
1995- Dreamings – Tjukurrpa, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin;
Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Alice Springs;
Australia Utopia Art, Sydney;
1996 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd.,
Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs;
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
– Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin;
Nangara. The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Brugge, Belgium;
Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Alice Springs
1997- Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne;
Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany; Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1998- The Desert Mob Show, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs
1999- Aboriginal Art, IHK Würzburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer) 2000- Art of the Aborigines, Leverkusen, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) – Lines, Brisbane, Queensland;
Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; – Pintupi Men. Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001- Art of the Pintupi, Adelaide;
Kintore and Kiwirrkura. Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA ; 2002- Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs;
2003- Pintupi Art 2003, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide; Papunya Tula Selected Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne; 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin;- The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
– Kintore-Kiwirrkura; 2003, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; – Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Subiaco, Perth; – Masterpieces From The Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, UK; – Framed Gallery, Darwin; – Papunya Tula Artists – A Gift From The Desert, Utopia Art, Sydney; – Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004- Papunya Tula – Selected Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne; – Pintupi Art 2004, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide; – Depth Of Field – Anamorphosis, Utopia Art, Sydney
– Works from Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne; – Papunya Tula Artists – 2004, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; – All About Papunya, Chapman Gallery Canberra
– Talking About Abstraction, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
– Aboriginal Art 2004, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne; – Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed Gallery, Darwin; – Looking Closely At Country, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW; – Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2005- George Ward Tjungurrayi, Clarence Gallery, London, UK; – New Ideas, Utopia Art, Sydney
– Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of NSW; Artbank, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide;
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne;
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth; Charles Darwin University; Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Dreamings’ – Tjukurrpa, Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands; The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Select Bibliography:
Corbally Stourton P., Songlines and Dreamings, Lund Humphries Publishers, London, UK.; Droombeelden. Tjukurrpa, (exhibition catalogue), Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands.; Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. (C).
Kimber, R., Friendly Country – Friendly People (exhibition catalogue), Araluen Arts
Centre, Alice Springs, Australia, 1990.