Helicopter Tjungurrayi  (Aborigine, born circa 1946) 


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Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Wangkartu 08


Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Wangkartu 08

Whitford Fine Art
Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Wangkartu 05


Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Wangkartu 05

Whitford Fine Art
Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Wangkartu 13


Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Wangkartu 13

Whitford Fine Art
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Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Untitled


Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Untitled, 2004
synthetic polymer paint on canvas


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Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Wangkardu


Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Wangkardu, 2003
synthetic polymer paint on linen


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Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Untitled


Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Untitled, 1996
synthetic polymer paint on linen


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1947   Born Western Australia
  Helicopter Tjungurrayi is is one of the younger generations of artists at Balgo Hills in Western Australia. Born at Nynmi, Helicopter was brought up in the nomadic lifestyle and learnt from a young age everything about the plants and the water sources to ensure survival. Helicopter was given his name as a result of an incident in the 196Os, when he fell seriously ill and was collected by a flying doctor in the first helicopter seen in the area. Now a “Marpan” or medicine man himself, Helicopter practices as a traditional healer in the Balgo community and people travel hundreds of miles to see him for healing. From the beginning of the 90’s he painted artworks together with his wife, Lucy Yukenbarri Napanangka, who is also a well-known artist and who recently passed away.

Since 1994 Helicopter has been painting in his own distinctive linear style. His artworks relate often to his land and that of his mother and father and usually depict water-holes as central elements. Helicopter travelled widely during the mission days to pick up supplies (Broome, Alice Springs, and Wyndham). There are many stories of the endless tasks performed on the Mission; drilling for water, cutting timber for fencing, fixing the windmill. More recently, Helicopter has travelled from Balgo Hills with his paintings and prints to Darwin, Adelaide and Melbourne. He remains dedicated to painting his country and the country of his mother and father where he lived a nomadic life as a young boy.

2009   Wangkartu Dreaming: Helicopter Tjungurrayi & Lucy Yukenbarri, Whiford Fine Art, London (solo)
2007   Survey, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; Survey, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney;Survey,
2007   They Might be Giants, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2006   Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Christine Yukenbarri, Imelda (Guguman) Yukenbarri,Carmel Yukenbarri, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2006   Warlayirti Suite Print Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne; Survey, Short St. Gallery, Broome
2006   Recent Works, Raft Art Space, Darwin; Singing and Dancing up the Country, Raft Gallery, Darwin
2006   Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Sydney
2006   Desert Mob, Aruluen Art Center, Alice Springs
2005   Balgo 2005, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005   Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Christine Yukenbarri, Carmel Yukenbarri, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2005   Glass from the Sand Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2004   29th Annual Shell Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle; Balgo A Go Go, GrantPirrie. Sydney
2004   Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Alcaston Gallery @ Depot Gallery, Sydney; Solo Exhibitions (with Napanangka Yukenbarri)
2003   Always together painting, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2003   Eight by Three, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2003   Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs
2003   Balgo Prints, Northern Editions, Darwin
2003   Balgo Brilliance, Art Mob, Hobart
2003   Palya Minyirri, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast
2002   Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2002   9th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin
2002   Balgo Hills Artists 2002, Art Mob, Aboriginal Fine Art, Tasmania
2002   Art from Balgo, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2002   Kutjungka, Passing it On: Works from Balgo Hills, Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor;
2002   Big Colour My Country, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast
2002   Balgo Hills: An artist's survey, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2001 - 2002   The Westside: Images in Ochre and Colour, Coo-ee II Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney
2001 - 2002   ; Olympic Exhibition, Coo-ee Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney
2001 - 2002   Past, Present and Future, Gallery East, Sydney; Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001   Past Modern: an exhibition of Kimberley Landscapes, Short Street Gallery conjunction with Australia Square, Sydney
2001   Short on Size, Short St. Gallery, Broome
2001   Balgo Men, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2001   All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2001   Kutjungka, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001   Balgo Works, Staedtische Gallery, Wolsfburg Germany
2001   New paintings from Balgo, Cutliffe Gallery, Sydney
2001   Recent Works by Artists from Balgo Hills, Ochre Gallery, Collingwood, Victoria
2001   Balgo Artists Return to Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2001   Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Alcaston Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2001   Yvonnou Balgo Exhibition, AMG Gallery, Paris
2001   Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Department of Culture Madrid, Spain
2000   All About Art, Alcaston Gallery Melbourne, Australia
1999   Miliynyin, Hogarth Galleries Sydney, Australia
1999   Tjurrnu-Living Water, Alcaston Gallery Melbourne, Australia
1999   Tjurrnu: Living Water, Alcaston Gallery , Melbourne (solo)
1998   Culture Store, Art Gallery Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1997   , Hogarth Galleries Sydeny, Australia
1997   , Seywald Gallery Salzburg
1996   Balgo Hills: Art of the Place, Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art Vancouver, BC