George Tjungurrayi was born c1947 "in the bush" in Pintupi country in the desert of Western Australia. His elder brother Willy Tjungurrayi was also an established artist. George and his family lived a traditional Aboriginal life prior to their contact with western civilisation.
George Tjungurrayi began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1976 and continued painting while residing around the area. His ancestral country covers the sites around Kiwirrkurra, Lake Mackay, Kulkuta, Karku, Ngaluwinyamana and Kilpinya to the north-west of Kintore across the West Australian border. George paints the Tingari stories for this region.
George Tjungurrayi has been a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and in 2003 was voted as one of the “50 Most Collectable artists” by Australian Art Collector magazine.
In 2018 his work was exhibited in the 21st Biennale of Sydney.