Dr George Tjapaltjarri

Australian Aboriginal Artist

One of Australia's "Grand Old Men" of Aboriginal Art

Dr George Tjapaltjarri

Born:                   c. 1935
Region:                 Western Desert
Community Centre:       Kintore

Outstation or Country:  Kilingya, 
west of Jupiter Well, Karinyarra, west of Kintore.

Language Bloc:          Western Desert
Language:               Pintupi
Social Affiliations:    Tjapaltjarri

Medium/ Form:          Acrylic paint on canvas

Subjects and Themes:    Tingari

Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Select Exhibitions:

2000 - Recent Paintings by Walala Tjapaltjarri and 'Dr' George Tjapaltjarri, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW; Lines - Fire-Works Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld; Landmarks, Brisbane Powerhouse, Dar Festival, QLD.
1999 - Tingari Cycle, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD; Painting the Desert Alliance Francaise de Canberra & French Embassy; 'Dr' George Tjapaltjarri, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs N.T.
1998 - Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and 'Dr' George Tjapaltjarri, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW; Tingari Cycle - Paintings of the Pintupi, Gallery Gondwana, N.T; Tingari - My Dreaming, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
1989 - Mythscapes, Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria.
1988 - Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Qld.

Select Bibliography:
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. (C)
Ryan, J., 1989, Mythscapes Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National Gallery of Victoria, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. (C)

Dr George emerged from the desert in 1964, where he had led the traditional nomadic life. He is recognised amongst his tribe as an Aboriginal Doctor and is attached to Kintore Clinic.