Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi

Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi born circa 1935 at Yalangerri near Jupiter Well. He is a senior Lawman and is responsible for up holding the traditional ceremonies for the country around Balgo, Kiwirrikurra and Kintore. Patrick walked in from the desert as an initiated man, up the Canning Stock route and into Old Balgo Mission. He commenced painting in the early 1980’s. He combines the vivid colours of the Balgo painter’s with the formal composition of Pintupi style.
He is a leading Papunya Tula artist and is now rated in the top 50 of all Australian artists which makes his artworks highly collectable.
His works pulse with desert warmth and where all too much Aboriginal art on the market appears to be a pastiche of traditional forms to capture a bewildered and naïve market.
Patrick’s work is both unique in structure and indisputably heart felt
Selected Exhibitions:
1993 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;
1996 “Dreamings of the Desert” 1997 Art Gallery of South Australia; 1997 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs; 1997 Utopia Art, Sydney; 1998,2000,2001 Gallery Gabrielle Pizza, Melbourne;
2000 Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney;
2001 Palm Beach Florida, USA; 2001 Chapman Gallery, Canberra;
2001 Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne;
2002 Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth.;
Geneses and Genius, Art Gallery of N.S.W.
Selected Collections:
Art Gallery of Western Australia;
Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney;
Holmes a Court Collection;
South Australian Museum, Adelaide;
Artbank;
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
Highest price paid $43,200 – 183cm x 152cm – Lawson Menzies, Sydney, November 2009