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George Tuckerbox Exhibition – Art from the Great Sandy Desert

George Tuckerbox Exhibition – Art from the Great Sandy Desert

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2 September – 28 October 2016

George Tuckerbox

Senior Wangkatjungka artist George Tuckerbox was part of a great exodus of Aboriginal families in the 1940s, who moved north from their desert homelands to settlements around the Fitzroy River region. Many of the older people died on the journey from newly encountered diseases, as they made their first contact with the white settlers on cattle stations in the area.

When George Tuckerbox was about 12 he arrived at Christmas Creek station, where some of his family members had settled. He was taught the trade of stockman at Yeeda Station, working with horses and cattle, and moved back to work at Christmas Creek. Then he worked on teams droving bullocks from Balgo to Alice Springs across the Tanami Desert.

In the 1980s George lived at the newly built community at Wangkatjungka next to Christmas Creek Station. In 1987 he was a singer in a ceremonial troupe that performed traditional song and dance ceremonies in Tokyo during a major exhibition for artist Jimmy Pike.

From 1994 senior artists living at Wangkatjungka community began painting their own traditional stories. The artists developed their own style, using bright colours associated with desert artists and combining figurative elements with a broader map-making approach to describing country.

George Tuckerbox painted the country and waterholes that he remembered from his childhood, from the time when his family lived off the resources of their traditional lands. Many of his paintings show the parallel rows of sandhills that flow out from Central Australia and dominate the landscape. George Tuckerbox also contributed to large collaborative paintings done by Wangkatjungka elders that showed the clan ownership of tracts of lands by related family groups. Much of the history of this region lives on in the memories of these elder people, as most of this desert country is now completely de-populated and without road access.

The exhibition of paintings by George Tuckerbox runs from 2 September to 28 October at Japingka Gallery.

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Country Leading from Kurlyayi by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Country Leading from Kurlyayi

Jap 001896  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Naminpa – Father’s Country by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Naminpa – Father’s Country

Jap 002116  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 95 cm

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Markurti by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Markurti

Jap 002109  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 97 cm

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Kurtal by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Kurtal

Jap 004966  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 62 cm

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Kurtal by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Kurtal

Jap 004968  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 115 cm

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Yuramarl by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Yuramarl

Jap 005541  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 76 cm

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Waterholes in Desert Country by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Waterholes in Desert Country

Jap 006370  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 117 cm

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Lungkurta by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Lungkurta

Jap 005539  |  acrylic on canvas  |  104 x 83 cm

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Ngumi by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Ngumi

Jap 002126  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 83 cm

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Waterholes and Homelands by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Waterholes and Homelands

Jap 005609  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 135 cm

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Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 005598  |  acrylic on canvas  |  149 x 95 cm

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Sandhill and Waterhole Country- Our Land by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Sandhill and Waterhole Country- Our Land

Jap 006376  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 153 cm

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Naminpa – Father’s Country by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Naminpa – Father’s Country

Jap 002115  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 94 cm

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Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 002105  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 84 cm

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Kurtukurta by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Kurtukurta

Jap 002099  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

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Markurti by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Markurti

Jap 002110  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 93 cm

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Narmi by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Narmi

Jap 002117  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 64 cm

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Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 002108  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 64 cm

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Desert Waterholes Near Kurtal by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Desert Waterholes Near Kurtal

Jap 004989  |  acrylic on canvas  |  202 x 155 cm

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Lurrturrpa by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Lurrturrpa

Jap 002103  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 62 cm

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Naami Waterhole by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Naami Waterhole

Jap 002094  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 81 cm

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Lungki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Lungki

Jap 005540  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 87 cm

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Mangki Waterhole by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki Waterhole

Jap 002130  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 61 cm

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Purtibuja by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Purtibuja

Jap 002120  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 64 cm

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Minti by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Minti

Jap 002113  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 69 cm

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Country With Water and Country Still Waiting by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Country With Water and Country Still Waiting

Jap 004988  |  acrylic on canvas  |  214 x 173 cm

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Minti by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Minti

Jap 002112  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 72 cm

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Naami with Blue Tongued Lizard by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Naami with Blue Tongued Lizard

Jap 002095  |  acrylic on canvas  |  82 x 67 cm

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Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 002107  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 90 cm

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Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 002090  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 84 cm

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Yarringa by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Yarringa

Jap 002121  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 100 cm

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Namimpa by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Namimpa

Jap 002114  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 87 cm

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Canning Stock Route by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Canning Stock Route

Jap 001921  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 114 cm

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Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 002124  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 93 cm

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Old Man Hunting Emu by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Old Man Hunting Emu

Jap 002127  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 92 cm

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Desert Homelands – Waterholes and Country by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Desert Homelands – Waterholes and Country

Jap 006374  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 124 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Waterholes & Desert Country by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Ngupawarlu – Waterholes & Desert Country

Jap 001899  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Ngumi – Warla lake by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Ngumi – Warla lake

Jap 002125  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  99 x 97 cm

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