Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders

Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders

This item is out of print.


Edited by John Carty

UWA Publishing is no longer distributing this title. 

Please contact Purple House directly to enquire about purchasing a copy.

All proceeds from the sale of this book support the work of the Purple House in providing dialysis and essential support services to people in Central Australia and beyond. 


Patrick Tjungurrayi is revered throughout the Western Desert for his strength in Aboriginal Law, feted in the art-world for the originality and power of his paintings, and respected everywhere for his stand against the inadequate health bureaucracy of central Australia. His life illuminates the history, art history, and political history of Australia throughout the twentieth century. This is his story.

Patrick Tjungurrayi has told his story and used his art to raise public and political awareness of a major renal health crisis facing Aboriginal people across Australia. As a dialysis patient himself, who has fought for the provision of adequate health services in remote communities, Patrick’s story illuminates the innovative and effective response to this crisis being driven by an extraordinary Indigenous organisation, the Purple House (Western Desert Dialysis).

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Praise for Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders

It’s a consistently surprising and informative read, and a sheer visual delight, both as documentary and as fine art. The book is a profile of a great artist and Law man by a marvellous anthropologist and art historian.


Book details

FORMAT: Hardcover
EXTENT: 130 pages
SIZE: 295 x 220 mm
ISBN: 9781742580005
RIGHTS: World Rights
CATEGORY: AboriginalOut of Print,