George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi (GHT-1003) – Tingari (30cm x 60cm)
Acrylic on Linen
- Artist Biography
Artist: George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi
Size: 30cm x 60cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
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George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi was born around 1943 in his country North West of Kiwirrkurra, located in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia. George’s sisters are Naata Nungurrayi and Nganngi (Nancy) Nungurrayi, both well-known artists like George. George and his family lived a traditional life until they came out of the desert by way of Mt Doreen Station and Yuendumu. In 1962, George walked to Papunya as a guide for Jeremy Long’s Welfare Branch patrol.
In 1971, school teacher Geoffrey Bardon encouraged some of the senior men to paint a blank school wall. George’s uncle, Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi was one of the men involved. The school murals sparked immense interest and is seen as the catalyst of the Papunya art movement, and the beginning of the Aboriginal Art Movement. George served as an apprentice to the senior artists in the Papunya art community. He was surrounded and encouraged by some of the great artists in the Aboriginal art movement, and in 1976 he began to paint in his own right after encouragement from Nosepeg Tjupurrula, one of the founding artists of the Papunya art movement and a leading identity.