Doctor George Ward Tjapaltjarri was born south-west of Jupiter Well in the Gibson Desert area, Western Australia. He was one of the last desert dwellers to emerge from the Gibson Desert in 1964 and took up residence in Papunya Community. This community saw the emergence of many artistic talents that through their combined forces brought ‘Aboriginal’ painting to a new position within the artistic world. Learning his artistic skills from various associates, he has been deeply immersed within painting and art since the early 1980’s.
In his community Dr. George holds the important position of ‘medicine man’; this combined with his work as a traditional healer with the Kintore and Tjukurla Medical Clinics has earnt him the nickname ‘Doctor’. However, being an important Pintupi elder he is also responsible for initiating young men into their cultic life. During these important traditional men’s ceremonies, Dr. George reveals not only the knowledge connected to the ‘Tingari Cycle’ but also the sacred sites located in his own traditional country. The body paint designs infer a strong association with the desert landscape, its land formations of water soakages, creek beds and sand-hills, all connections to the Ancestral Beings.
The group of ancestral spirit beings known as the Tingari brought law and culture to the people of the Western Desert. Their journeys, important sites and activities cover a huge area stretching from Pintupi country around the Papunya region 250 kilometres west of Alice Springs southwest to the Great Sandy and Tanami deserts around Balgo Hills, and their depictions are numerous in Western Desert art.
Certification of Authentisity
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This Paintings comes with:
- Photos of the artiest painting
- Certification of Authentisity
- Biography of Dr. George Ward Tjapaltjarri
- Introduction of the Dreaming
- Introduction of the symbolism