Dr George Tjapaltjarri (also known as Dr George Ward 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
Place of Birth: Kirriwirri, WA
George Ngunmul Tjapaltjarri, or ‘Dr’ George as he became known due to his highly respected work as a community health worker. 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.
Of the Pintupi language group, born circa 1930 south-west of Jupiter Well in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia close to the location of present-day Kiwirrkura. Together with his family ‘Dr’ George first came into contact with white society when he walked out of the desert in 1964.
‘Dr’ George’s traditional country includes Karrinwarra, which is located west of Kintore and the Kilinga – Wanampa region located west of Jupiter Well.
The younger brother of Papunya Tula artist Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, ‘Dr’ George first painted a couple of small paintings in Papunya in 1971 and then also painted for Papunya Tula Artists in the mid to late 1970s.
He returned to painting in the late 1980s, first for Papunya Tula and then for Gallery Gondwana and occasional other private dealers as an independent artist, achieving recognition for his bold, scaled-up designs.
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.
01 - 30 April 2018
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