George Hairbrush Tjungarrayi was born around 1943 North West of Kiwirrkurra in the Gibson Desert, WA. George’s family lived a traditional nomadic life until they came out of the desert at Mt Doreen Station and settled in Papunya.
At the settlement, George served as 'apprentice' to the senior artists in the Papunya art community. He was encouraged by some of the great artists in the Aboriginal art movement, and in 1976 he began to paint his own work.
George developed a distinctive style, abstract and minimalist, with lines creating a subtle optical rhythm. There are parallels with works created by contemporary Western Op-art artists, but his works are inspired by his country and culture.
George's paintings symbolise ancestral journeys and ceremonial body paint. He paints the Tingari stories of his ancestral country which covers the sites around Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya. His work is also reminiscent of traditional Aboriginal carving which embellished men's ceremonial boomerangs and shields.
George has continued to exhibit throughout Australia and internationally. His first solo exhibition was in 1997 at Utopia Art Sydney and in 1998 followed a sell-out show at Gabrielle Pizzi. He was a finalist in the Wynne Prize in 2007 and remains one of the most collectable Aboriginal artists.