Aboriginal Artist Barney Daniels Tjungurrayi

Barney Daniels Tjungurrayi

Born: c.1950

Deceased: 1998

Language Group: Luritja, Pintupi, Warlpiri

Country: Haasts Bluff , Northern Territory

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Linen and Board

Subjects: Rainbow Snake, Blue Tongue Lizard, Bush Fire, Centipede, Witchetty Grub, Snake and Bush Tucker Dreamings

Barney received some European schooling at Mungana, a settlement about five miles out of Alice Springs. He spent five years in Western Australia working as a stockman at Halls Creek station, then returned to his traditional country at Haasts Bluff and continued droving work on the government cattle station before starting to paint in the mid 80's. He was a self-taught artist and began on small boards, which he sold to the Centre for Aboriginal artists. Barney had a unique and distinctive style and was one of the first to use the stippled brushwork backgrounds.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

Longbeach Museum, California, USA

Malcolm Forbes Collection, New York

Artbank, Sydney


1988 Tin Sheds
1988 Gauguin Museum, Tahiti
1988 Bicentennial Exhibition, touring Australia
1988 Commissioned by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to paint furniture, including a desk and a TV set, for the touring 1988 Bicentennial exhibition, which also included a life size sculpture of the artist one of 20 Australians so represented.
1990 Art Dock, Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia
1997 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT


Further References

Isaacs, J. 1989, Aboriginality: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings and Prints, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland ©
Premont, R., and Lennard, M. 1988, Tjukurrpa, Desert Paintings of Central Australia, Centre for Aboriginal Artists, Alice Springs
Johnson, V. 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales ©