George Ward Tjungurrayi
Born 1940 near Lararra, east of Tjukurla in Western Australia . Now lives and works in Warakurna and Alice Springs.
He began painting for the Papunya Tula Artists around 1976 and is now considered one of the most highly regarded senior Aboriginal painters still working.
A Pintupi man, George Ward's country is north-west of Kintore
through to the Western Australian border. After having met a
welfare patrol, George moved into Papunya where he undertook
various jobs in the community. He began painting for the Papunya
Tula Artists around 1976 and is now considered one of the most
highly regarded senior Aboriginal painters still working. George is
the half-brother of other famous artists Willy Tjungurrayi and
Yala Yala Gibbs.
In 2004 he won the Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting, which is Australia's most prestigious landscape art award. This critical recognition has underpinned his influence not only on Indigenous imagery and culture but on Australian culture more broadly.
Using a bright colour palette of reds, deep browns, greens and oranges, George Ward ingeniously recreates the iconography of the Tingari Cycles and stories associated with a sacred site near Lake MacDonald, a dreaming he is custodian of (also painted by Willy Tjungarrayi). Through repetitive use of the Tingari concentric squares and circles, his mature works have a sophistication, strength, and beauty unparalleled in the Indigenous oeuvre.
George Ward's work is held in major collections both in Australia and abroad including The Australian National Gallery, Canberra, The National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of NSW.