George Ward Tjungurrayi (GWT-1000) – Tingari Karrkurritinytja (90cm x 120cm)
Acrylic on Linen
- Artist Biography
Artist: George Ward Tjungurrayi
Painting: Tingari Karrkurritinytja
Size: 90cm x 120cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
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George Ward Tjungurrayi was born in the area of Kiwirrkurra in the Gibson Desert. George’s father is the famous Yala Yala Gibbs and his brother is the equally renowned artist Willy Tjungurrayi. George arrived at Papunya in 1962 and was a guide to the Welfare Branch. He began painting around 1976. George paints an abstract representation of the travels and stories associated with the Tingari. The Tingari Cycle refers to ancient stories of the Tingari people who travelled the land during mythological times. The Tingari were the creation figures that moved through the land creating landforms as they went. Those landforms form the basis of indigenous culture, its laws and lores and George’s paintings represent the essence of indigenous culture. His ancestral country covers Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya to the north-west of Kintore across the West Australian border. George is married to Nanupu Nangala and has four daughters and one son. He was the winner of the 2004 Wynne Prize and he is entrenched as one of the senior masters of Aboriginal painting.