Patrick Tjungurrayi

Patrick Oloodoodi Tjungurrayi was born in Yalangerri near Jupiter Well in Western Australia around 1935. His brother Brandy Tjungurrayi and sister Elizabeth Hyumi Nungurrayi are also a respected artists.

As a young man, he walked with his family following the Canning Stock Route north into old Balgo Mission. The family would collect rations such as wheat, which they would grind up themselves, and rice, sugar and tea, and then return to the bush.

Patrick Tjungurrayi is a senior Law man who looks after ceremony and country between Balgo, Kiwirrkurra and Kintore. His paintings are often a reflection of the varying influences of these two communities.

In 2008 Patrick was the winner of the prestigious Western Australia Indigenous Art Award. His works are sought after by collectors worldwide and he was named in the 50 most collectable Australian artists in the 2005 Australian Art Collector magazine.

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