George 'Hairbrush' Tjungurrayi

Tingari Dreaming #275

Acrylic on canvas
120 x 60 cm
(47.2 x 23.6 in)

March 2008

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George’s style is characterized by fine lines and beautiful geometric patterns with which he depicts the traditional Tingari Cycle. A collection of religious stories, ceremonies and laws that were transmitted to the inhabitants of the Western Desert by the Tingari. This was a group of mythical, spiritual ancestors that according to legend travelled a huge area of the Western Desert, shaping the landscape and various holy places. Through abstract and linear patterns George depicts the major secret and sacred places of the Tingari, including caves and sand hills, but also mythological events which are attributed to the Tingari. The strength of the Tingari is clearly visible in George’s work. The beautiful, fine lines and use of strong color within a limited palette not only provide the work with a convincing impact but also give it an aura of spiritual strength. The dense, fine lines that are typical of their work, also often create the effect of a kind of optical illusion, giving the work it’s exceptional liveliness and dynamic.

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