Barney Daniels Tjungurrayi

Barney Daniels Tjungurrayi

Barney Daniels Tjungurrayi

Born: c. 1950

Deceased: 1998

Language Group: Luritja/Pintupi and Warlpiri

Country: Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff), North West of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Linen and Board

Subjects: Untitled, Bush Tucker, Bushfire Dreaming, Snake and Blue Tongue Lizard, Tyape Atnyematye (Witchetty Grub) Dreaming, Snake

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 Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
Longbeach Museum, California, USA
Malcolm Forbes Collection, New York, USA
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
Gauguin Museum, Tahiti
Tin Shed Gallery, Darwin, NT
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.
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT