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Justin Tjungurrayi

2007
Greg Weight

inkjet print on cotton rag paper (sheet: 59.4 cm x 42.0 cm, image: 48.3 cm x 33.8 cm)

Justin Corby Tjungurrayi (b. 1982) is a Luritja artist who was born in Kintore. During his childhood Tjungurrayi lived in and around Kintore on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The son of Papunya artist Lindsay Corby Tjapaltjarri, he started painting at 25. His artwork focuses on his father's story of the Kanpi Tjukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) in his own distinctive style, using bold forms and bright colours. Now based in Haasts Bluff, 230 km west of Alice Springs, he paints with Ikuntji Artists and works as an assistant teacher. Tjungurrayi had a solo exhibition at Metro 5 Gallery in Melbourne in 2008 and has exhibited at group shows in the Northern Territory and Victoria.

From 2006 to 2010, Greg Weight travelled extensively through central Australia meeting and photographing contemporary artists. This photograph of Tjungurrayi is one of the portraits included in his resulting book Artists of the Western Desert (2011).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021

Artist and subject

Greg Weight (age 61 in 2007)

Justin C. Tjungurrayi (age 25 in 2007)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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