George Tjungurray


Born: c. 1947

Language Group: Pintupi

Country: Kintore, West of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Tingari, Kuniya at Karrilwarra

George Tjungurrayi was born near Kiwirrkurra in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. He began painting in Papunya around 1976 for Papunya Tula Artists and his older brother, Willy Tjungurrayi, is also an established Pintupi artist. George is considered one of the most respected senior artists from the Western Desert.

George paints the Tingari stories for his region and his paintings often represent specific sacred sites located in his ancestral country.


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs


2003 '50 Most Collectable Artists', Australian Art Collector Magazine
2007 Finalist, Wynne Art Prize
2014 Finalist, Wynne Art Prize


1991 Friendly Country, Friendly People, Touring Exhibition, through Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1997 Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2002 Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales
2002 MERIDIAN: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2003 'Paintings from Mamultjulkulnga and Kirrimalunya', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 Decouvrir, Rever, Investir, Australian Embassy, Paris, France
2005 Papunya Tula Artists - New Work for a New Space, Utopia Art Sydney
2018 Biennale of Sydney

Further References

Johnson, V. 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales ©