George 'Hairbrush' Tjungurrayi

George 'Hairbrush' Tjungurrayi
1947 (Kiwirkurra, Western Australia)

Country: Kiwirkurra
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Pintupi


George Tjungarrayi was born around 1947 in the bush west of Kiwirkurra in Pintupi country. He started painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1976 and has since developed into one of the master painters of contemporary Pintupi art. 

George’s style is characterized by fine lines and beautiful geometric patterns with which he depicts the traditional Tingari Cycle, a collection of religious stories, ceremonies and laws that were transmitted to the inhabitants of the Western Desert by the Tingari. This was a group of mythical, spiritual ancestors that according to legend travelled a huge area of the Western Desert, shaping the landscape and various holy places. 

Through abstract and linear patterns George depicts the major sacred places of the Tingari, including caves and sand hills, but also mythological events that are attributed to the Tingari. The strength of the Tingari is clearly visible in George’s work. The delicate fine lines and use of strong color with a limited palette not only provide a convincing impact but also lend it an aura of spiritual strength. The dense, fine lines that are typical of his work often create an optical illusion, infusing the work with exceptional liveliness and dynamism.


2018 EXPO Chicago, SmithDavidson Gallery, Chicago, USA
2016 Wynne Prize 2016 for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours by Australian artists’, Finalist
2016 Art New York, New York, USA
2015 Signs and Traces. Contemporary Aboriginal Art. Cultural institute Zamek. Poznan, Poland
2011: Solo Exhibition, Sister, Brother Nyarrumparra, Papunya Tula Artist Gallery, Alice Springs, Australia


National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris 

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Untitled 2017

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