George Tjungurrayi was born in the Gibson desert near Kiwikurra in 1947. Kiwikurra is a community just across the Western Australia border from the NT. He began painting in West Camp in Papunya in 1976 for Papunya Tula Artists. He continued painting while residing at Yai Yai, Warawa, Mt Liebig and now Kintore. His ancestral country covers the sites around Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya to the north-west of Kintore across the West Australian border. George Tjungurrayi paints the Tingari stories for this region.
His paintings are abstracted aerial views of the landscape featuring the sand hills and landformations at the sites where ancestors traveled or ceremonies were performed.
George’s work is represented in most public galleries and many significant corporate collections. In 2002 he exhibited in the Meridian exhibition at the MCA in Sydney and in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014 and 2016 he was selected to exhibit in the Wynne Prize as a finalist at the AGNSW. He is now represented by several galleries in Sydney and Melbourne including Gannon House Gallery.
In 2018 he was selected to exhibit at the Sydney biennale with a wonderful display of his work in the Carriageworks building in Redfern.