About this artwork
This painting depicts the tjukurrpa story about the tingarri men, women and children traveling from rock hole to rock hole. The tingarri people travelled north through Wirrintjunku, Pukaritjarra, Tarkal, Nyun and Kirritji as they move toward Tjukurla. Tingarri Song Cycle depicting the route of dreamtime people who travelled from the sea near Port Hedland to the northern part of the central desert.
Mr Ward’s works can be read as visual histories, as well as maps of his country. Mr Ward is a well-respected artist and senior desert man based in Warakurna, Ngaanyatjarra Lands WA.
About George Ward Tjungurrayi
George was born near the site of Lararra, east of Tjukurla in Western Australia c. 1955. His first contact with Europeans was made through one of the welfare patrols led by Jeremy Long and Nosepeg Tjupurrula at a rockhole south of Kiwirrkura. After travelling in to Papunya he worked both as a fencer and as a butcher in the Papunya kitchen. George's father was also the father of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Willy Tjungurrayi and although they had different mothers he considers them very close brothers. George is a senior artist at Papunya Tula Artists. He and his wife live with family in Warakurna and periodically paint for Warakurna Artists. George has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.