Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
1943 (Tjiturrunya, Northern Territory)

Country: Tjiturrunya
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Pintupi


biography

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born around 1943 at Tjiturrunya, west of Kintore Ranges in Western Australia. He was initiated into manhood at Winparku, near Lake Mackay.

After prolonged droughts in the 1950s, he and his family moved, first to Haasts Bluff, then to Papunya. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa commenced painting around 1975 after he observed the Papunya painting movement. Since moving to Walungurru, in the early 1980s he has emerged as one of Papunya Tula's major artists.

Pintupi artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was one of the youngest of the group of men who began painting at Papunya in 1971, which led to the emergence of the Western Desert art movement. A founder of the hugely influential Papunya Tula Artists, he became as one of their major painters in the early 1990s and continues to paint today. Tjampitjinpa's art is a strong representation of the characteristic Pintupi sytle: repetition of forms that are geometric, simple and bold, and pigments that are often restricted to a basic palette of black, red, yellow and white.

Tjampitjinpa is most recognised for his bold, graphic paintings that explore the Tingari ancestors and their travels over vast areas of the Western Desert region.

Celebrating the 40-year career of leading Aboriginal painter Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will host a solo exhibition with an overview of his works. The exhibition will be on view from April until November 2015. 

 


literature

Literature:  
Geoffrey Bardon and Vivien Johnson, Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Miami: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1991, p.41, cat.no.10 (iIlus.), p.73  
Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker (ed.), Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert, The Donald Kahn Collection, Munich: Prestel Verlag, 1994, p.22, cat.no.10, (black and white illus.) pp.90-91 (colour illus.)

Cf. For a similar composition by the artist in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, seeWatunuma (Flying Ant) Dreaming, 1991, in J. Ryan et al., Land Marks, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2006, p.65, (illus.).


Exhibitions

2016 'Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia', Hardvard Art Museums, USA
2011 Tjukurrtjanu- Origins of Western Desert Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
2010 Museum Ludwig, Remembering Forward, Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960,
Köln, Germany
2009 The Dreamers, Art Gallery of NSW, Australia
2008 From the air, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
2004 DREAMTIME: The Dark and The Light, Sammlung Essl, Austria.
2003 Bushfire, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD, Australia
2001 Spirit & Vision, Sammlung Essl, Austria. 
2000 Aboriginal Lawman- Masterworks, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, USA
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A. 
1996 Twenty Five Years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA, Australia
1995 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC, Australia
1994 Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western
Desert; The Donald Kahn collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
1993 Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central
Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
1992 The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA
1991 Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert, Union of Soviet Artists
Gallery, Moscow and Museum of Ethnographic Art, St. Petersburg,Russia.
1990 National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome, Italy1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia
1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia


collections

Collections:
Artbank, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Campbelltown City Art Gallery
Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Medibank Private Collection
Musee des Arts Africans et Oceaniens, Paris
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Supreme Court of Northern Territory, Darwin
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

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