Dr George Tjapaltjarri
Dr George paintings possess a wonderful rawness and boldness, conveying his strong, continuous association with his traditional country, ceremonies and the application of body paint designs.
Region: Gibson Desert, WA
DOB: c1930 - 2017
‘Dr’ George Tjapaltjarri is of the Pintupi language groups, born circa 1930 south-west of Jupiter Well in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. Together with his family ‘Dr’ George first came into contact with white society when he walked out of the desert in 1964. Tjapaltjarri was the younger brother of Papunya Tula artist Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri. ‘Dr’ George also painted for Papunya Tula Artists in the mid to late 1970s.
With the Pintupi resettlement on their traditional lands at Kintore, ‘Dr’ George was one of several ngangkari (traditional healers) who worked in association with the Kintore and Tjukurla Medical Clinics, hence the name ‘Dr’ George.
‘Dr’ George’s traditional country includes Karrinwarra, which is located west of Kintore and the Kilinga – Wanampa region located west of Jupiter Well.
He returned to painting in the late 1980s, first for Papunya Tula and then for private dealers as an independent artist, achieving recognition for his bold, scaled-up designs.
‘Dr’ George started painting again in the early 80’s for Papunya Tula and then as an independent artist for various dealers and galleries, including Gallery Gondwana. His paintings possess a wonderful rawness and boldness, conveying his strong, continuous association with his traditional country, ceremonies and the application of body paint designs. His subjects are that of Tingari Cycle and Snake Dreaming.
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