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George Ward Tjungurrayi: Untitled

George Ward Tjungurrayi, Untitled

The Artist

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.

Untitled by Gearge Ward T

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.