George Tjungurrayi served his "apprenticeship" as an artist at Papunya in the late 1970s, amongst the senior Pintupi masters like Uta Uta Tjangala, Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri. In 1997 Utopia Art Sydney staged George's first solo exhibition, with simplified linear fields that demonstrated a strong new voice. Since then, he has had six more solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with paintings that have shown unique and subtle developments.
His inclusion in exhibitions like the Biennale of Sydney 2018 have placed his work firmly within the context of contemporary Australian art, which is where it certainly belongs, for George Tjungurrayi is an artist of today, his paintings talk to us all, crossing cultural boundaries and capturing us in their mesmeric swirls and visual conundrums. These surfaces with their ripples and shimmers are no longer easily read descriptors or mapping, their shifting surfaces have evolved and expanded to new levels. (Christopher Hodges, 2011)
George's work is included in many significant Australian and international collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands and the Seattle Art Museum, USA. George lives and works at Kintore (Walungurru), Northern Territory.
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Wynne Prize, AGNSW26 September to 10 January
George Tjungurrayi, Yukultji Napangati and John R Walker are finalists in the 2020 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.
George Tjungurrayi visited by President MacronMay 3rd 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull view George Tjungurrayi's installation at Carriageworks, installed for the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement.
George Tjungurrayi: 21st Biennale of Sydney16 March - 11 June, 2018
George Tjungurrayi is one of the artistsfeatured in the 21st Biennale of Sydney. In her announcement Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the Biennale, said “I had been looking into the idea of nature from a Japanese perspective for quite a long time. But I think there is a beautiful resonance with Australian Indigenous culture, and how that would speak with western, modern idea of nature”.
Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement