GEORGE ‘HAIRBRUSH’ TJUNGURRAYI
c. 1943 -
George ‘Hairbrush’ Tjungurrayi remains one of a handful present at Papunya in the 1970’s at the genesis of contemporary Aboriginal art. In his work, rhythmic and organic parallel lines pulse across the canvas, gaining the attention of contemporary art collectors from across the globe. In 2003 and 2013 he was justly named as one of the ‘Top 50 Most Collectable Artists’ by the Australian Art Collector magazine.
Raised in a nomadic existence prior to his first contact with western culture, George ‘Hairbrush’ Tjungurrayi has perfected a minimalist and abstracted style of painting based on stories and sites of his ‘country’ around Kiwirrkura, near Lake Mackay in Western Australia. His paintings symbolise the ancestral journeys and ceremonial body paint intrinsic to his culture. George is the brother of renowned female Aboriginal artist Naata Nungurrayi (c. 1932) and is revered as one of the senior exponents of men’s Pintupi painting movement.
George ‘Hairbrush’ Tjungurrayi has been selected multiple times as a finalist in the Wynne Prize, the annual award for ‘the best landscape painting of Australian scenery’. Most recently he was selected as finalist in the 2016 Wynne Prize with his landscape depiction of a sacred site north of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). This site is associated with the traditional healers (ngangkaris) and their journeys across these sacred sites.
He continues to exhibit throughout Australia and internationally, with his work being shown at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) Maastricht, PAN Amsterdam and GAF Amsterdam, in Europe; Art Miami, Art Silicon Valley (San Francisco), Art Southampton and The Armory in New York, in the USA. Moreover, his work is to be found in the collections of the AGNSW, the NGV, but also in renowned museums oversees such as the Groninger Museum (The Netherlands) and the Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie in Paris (France).
GEORGE ‘HAIRBRUSH’ TJUNGURRAYI COLLECTIONS
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris
GEORGE ‘HAIRBRUSH’ TJUNGURRAYI AWARDS
2016 Wynne Prize AGNSW (Finalist)
2015 Wynne Prize AGNSW (Finalist)
2014 Wynne Prize AGNSW (Finalist)
2010 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Darwin (highly commended)
2007 Wynne Prize AGNSW (Finalist)
2004 Wynne Prize AGNSW (Finalist)
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