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Gurrumba Gurrumba clan, Ganalbiŋu language, Yirritja moiety

George Milpurrurru.
George Milpurrurru. Photo: Luke Taylor

1934–1998

In 1993, Milpurrurru was the first Aboriginal artist to be given a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

He was also among the first Aboriginal artists to be selected for the Biennale of Sydney, in 1979, and one of the major contributors to The Aboriginal Memorial (1988).

He participated in several major international exhibitions, including Aratjara, which toured Europe in 1993–94. He had his first solo commercial exhibition in 1985 at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery in Sydney.

In 1986 he and a group of Ganalbiŋu performed a cleansing ceremony as part of the Sydney Biennale.

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