Willy Tjungurrayi

Willy Tjungurrayi was born circa 1930 at Patjantja, south west of Lake Mackay, near the Western Australian border. He is the older brother of George Tjungurrayi and the younger brother of Yala Yala Gibbs. He was raised by his fathers brother Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi.

He began painting in 1976 for Papunya Tula, emerging as one of their major artists. The artist’s senior position in his community entitles him to paint the most significant and secret parts of the Tingari and Tali stories of his region, many of which cannot be revealed to the uninitiated. His work follows the strict Pintupi style of strong circles joined together by connecting lines relating to the people, the land, and the Dreamtime.

He now lives at Walungurra.

Selected Exhibitions include:

1973 “Warlpiri and Pintubi Art” Angaston
1981 Aboriginal artists of Australia 1985 “Dot and Circle” RMIT, Melbourne
1986 National Gallery of Victoria
1989 Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
1989 “Mythscapes”, National Gallery Of Victoria
1993 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1994-2000 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1999 Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide
2000 “Twenty – Five Years and Beyond”
2001 “Pintubi”, Alice Springs

Selected Collections:

– National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
– Holmes a Court Collection
– Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney
– Artbank
– Victorian Arts Centre

His record auction price was achieved at Sotheby’s July 2005 for Hail-Storm at Kaakuratintja 2002 which sold for $59,250.
Sotheby’s Melbourne 25-07-2005 lot 83, 153 x 183cm