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Willy Tjungurrayi

Willy Tjungarrayi

Born: ca 1936

Area: Patjantja, Northern Territory

Language Group: Pintupi

The brother of respected painters Brandy and George "Hairbrush Tjungarrayi and the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungarrayi, Willy was born about 1936 at Patjantja, southwest of Lake MacKay in the Northern Territory. He came to Haast's Bluff in 1956 with other Pintupi people and began painting for Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd in 1976. By the 1980s Willy was recognized as a senior Pintupi painter, and he joined the movement of return to the Pintupi homelands. He now lives at Walungurru.

Willy's work is much sought after, and has been collected into many major private and public collections and exhibitions.


Selected Collections:

Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands

Artbank, Sydney

Art Gallery of NEw Wouth Wales, Sydney

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.


Selected Exhibitions:

2004 Papunya Tula Artists at Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2004 Australian Aboriginal Art Collector's Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2003 Kintore Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1991 The Painted Dream, Aucland City Gallery and the Whare Taonga o Aoteroa Art Gallery, New Zealand

1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1988 Australian Aboriginal Graphics from the Collection of the Flinders University Art Museum

1987 Art and Aboriginality, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, U.K.

1985 Dot and Circle, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

1983 Papunya: Paintings from the Central Australian Desert, touring exhibition, America and Europe

1982 Georges Gallery, Melbourne

1982 Brisbane Festival, Brisbane

1982 Molri Gallery, Sydney


Available paintings

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