Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi

Patrick Tjungurrayi Oldoodi, australian aboriginal artist

Born: 1935

People: Pintupi

Language: Kukatja

Area: Kiwirrkura / Balgo

Patrick was born in Yalangerri near Jupiter Well c. 1935. He is a Pintubi and Kukatja speaker who divides his time between Balgo and the Pintubi homeland community of Kiwirrkurra to the south. Patrick is the younger brother of Brandy Tjungarrayi. Patrick walked in from the desert as an initated man, up the Canning Stock route and into Old Balgo Mission. He worked building the stone houses and the church at the new Balgo site. He met and married Mirriam Olodoodi (Lucy Yukenbari’s sister ) at the church in Balgo. He first started painting in Balgo in approx 1985. He is a senior Law man who looks after ceremony and country between Balgo Kiwirrkurra and Kintore.


Nynmi Rockhole, Tingarri, Warrira rockhole, Ngurti, Pundutjalpa.


Artbank Collection

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Exhibitions of his work include:

2003 – Papunya Tula artists – a gift from the desert, Utopia Art, Sydney.

2000 – Papunya Tula Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.

1996 – Dreamings of the Desert, The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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