George Tjungurrayi

Date of Birth:



Kintore, NT




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George has been recognised in the top 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.

He began painting in Papunya in 1976 alongside the first generation of acrylic artists. He paints Tingari Cycle and specific ancestral sites located in his ancestral country.

Many of his eye catching, lineal and contrasting paintings now belong in important Australian gallery collections such as the Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of New South Wales. He is the brother of acclaimed women painters Naata and Nancy Ross Nungurrayi.


Born in the bush at Kirrimalunya, north-west of Kiwirrkurra in West Australia, George Tjungurrayi now lives at Kintore in the Northern Territory.

A Pintupi, Luritja and Ngaatjatjarra speaker, he started painting in 1976 and learnt his techniques from the “older” painters.  George’s sister Naata Nungurrayi is a well-known artist and his uncle was Papunya school painter Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi.

George is known by the name “Hairbrush” for his huge mop of curly hair, a prolific painter whose works are deeply spiritual and often depict the sacred ceremonial sites in his ancestral country.

Selected Exhibitions

2008         Out of the Desert, National Museum of Australia

2008         Between the Lines, Utopia Art, Sdyney

2007         Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition, International Art Expo,             Beijing, P.R China

2007         Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition, Grand Hyatt Hotel,Beijing,             P.R China

2007         Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition China World Exhibition Centre,             Beijing P.R China

2007         Redrock Gallery, Group Exhibition, Gallery Grand Opening Beijing

2007         Lines and Signs, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2006         Homage to the Square, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2006         Art Forum, Berlin (in association with David Pestorius Gallery, Brisbane)

2005         The Dark and The Light II, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2004         Predominantly White by predominantly black artists,             Fireworks             Gallery, Brisbane

2004         Spirit & Vision, Sammlung Essl, Austria

2002         Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

                  Lines II, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2001           DREAMTIME: The Dark and The Light, Sammlung Essl, Austria

2001           Pintupi, Alice Springs

2000           Lines, firework gallery, Brisbane

1998           Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1997           Utopia Gallery, Sydney

1997           “Dreampower” Adelaide

1997            Utopia Art, Sydney

1996            Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1996            Araluan Arts Centre, Alice Springs

1995            Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin

1995            Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

1995            Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs

1995            Gallerie Australis, Adelaide

1995            Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1995            Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory

1995            Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

1995, 1996  Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs

1994            Gallerie Australis, Adelaide

1994            Dreamtime gallery, Broadbeach

1993, 1995   Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1992, 1994    Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach

1990, 1996: Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs


Selected Collections

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Qld University Art Museum, Brisbane

 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Mem Aziz Private Collection, Melbourne

Holmes a Court Collection

Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Artbank, Sydney

University of Virginia, U.S.A.

Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney

Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanien, Paris, France