George Tjungurrayi


George Tjungurrayi (born c. 1947) was born near the site of Walawala near the community of Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. He began painting in the late 1970s under senior artists and founders of the Western Desert art practice such as Uta Uta Tjangala and Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri. In the late 1990s, George Tjungurrayi abandoned the traditional technique of dotting grids and circles and developed his own style of intricate and topographical line work likened to the fine parallel incisions of ceremonial wood carving. This stylistic innovation remains influential in Western Desert art.

George Tjungurrayi is deeply invested in his Pintupi heritage, particularly the stories of the Tingarri cycle from his Country. His unique visual language sublimates the details of his relationship to these sacred places and their information into dynamic linear compositions painted in simple, precise lines. His pared-back compositions reveal strength and assurance as an artist with an enlightened vision of his depicted Country and disclose an elevated level of dedication and restraint. He has been represented in solo exhibitions in Australia and in the Sydney Biennale, where a suite of his paintings was exhibited both on the ground and the wall.

喬治·通古拉里(約1947年生)出生於澳洲西部吉維爾庫拉(Kiwirrkurra)社區附近的瓦拉瓦拉(Walawala)遺址。他於1970年代後期開始繪畫,師承烏塔·烏塔·揚加拉(Uta Uta Tjangala)和米克·納馬拉里·賈帕加利(Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri)等沙漠原住民藝術的創始人及資深藝術家。在1990年代後期喬治·通古拉里放棄繪畫點網格和圓點,創造個人錯綜複雜的地形線風格,跟儀式裡木雕的精細平行切口相似。這種創新的風格在西方沙漠藝術仍具有頗大影響力。