George Ward Tjungurrayi: Untitled
George Ward Tjungurrayi, Untitled
George was born near the site of Lararra, east of Tjukurla in Western Australia around 1945. His first contact with Europeans was made near a rockhole south of Kiwirrkura. After travelling to Papunya George worked both as aa fencer and as a butcher in the Papunya kitchen. George's father was also the far of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Willy Tjungurrayi who he considers as close brothers.
George has participated in about 60 group exhibitions from 1990 to 2008 and he won the Wynne landscape prize in 2004.
The Work of Art
This work of art was created by using the traditional 'dot' motif onto linen that is stretched onto a frame. The work is believed to have been created around 2009. The painting depicts designs associated with Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald). In ancestral times, two Tingari Tjapaltjarri brothers lived at this site and were visited by another group of men from the west. The visiting men hunted an emu while they were there and refused to share it. with the brothers, which made them very angry. The Tjapaltjarri brothers then turned into a snake by stretching their legs out until their toes touched, and then sang and created a huge storm which blew all the visiting mens' spears into the sky. The spears then fell out of the sky and killed some of the men, while the rest were killed by a fierce hailstorm also created by the brothers. It is believed that many water snake still live at the site. Since the events associated with the Tinagari Cycle are secret, no further details can be given.