Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

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DOB: c.1943
Born: KINTORE

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born around 1943 at Tjiturrunya, about 100km west of the Kintore ranges in Western Australia. Following an extended drought in the 1950s, Ronnie's family moved to Haasts Bluff and then on to Papunya where he grew up.

Papunya was a government experiment under the policy of assimilation where mixtures of tribes were thrown together into one community. It was hardly an ideal way to grow up and gave rise to the desire of Ronnie and many other Pintupi artists and residents to move back to there home lands. Whilst in Papunya, Ronnie started painting in the early to mid 1970s. He moved to Kintore in the 1980s, shortly after its establishment, fulfilling his dream.

Ronnie's style tends towards simple, geometric shapes and bold lines. He explores the themes of water dreaming, bushfire dreaming and the Tingari cycle. Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. As far as we can know, the meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was the winner of the 1988 Alice Springs Art Prize and is shown in numerous major public and private galleries worldwide. He is married to Mary Brown Napangardi and currently spends his time between Alice Springs and his home in Kintore.


Highest Auction Price is $79,812.

Exhibitions:
2015 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2011 Tjukurrtjanu- Origins of Western Desert Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
2009 The Dreamers, Art Gallery of NSW.
2008 From the air, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.
2004 DREAMTIME: The Dark and The Light, Sammlung Essl, Austria.
2003 Bushfire, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD.
2001 Spirit & Vision, Sammlung Essl, Austria.
2000 Aboriginal Lawman- Masterworks, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, U.S.A.
2000 Papunya Tula Genesis and Genius, Australia Gallery, NSW.
2000 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne VIC.
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A.
1999 Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide SA.
1999 Spirit Country, San Francisco/ Touring.
1998 Jinta Gallery, Sydney.
1996 Twenty Five Years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA.
1995 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC." 2001, 2003 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Me
1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1994 Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
1994 Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western
Desert; The Donald Kahn collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition,
Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1994 The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition,
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
1993 Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Kung Gubunga,Oasis Gallery, Broadbeach,Qld
1993 Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central
Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition,
Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition,
Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1992 The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition,
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1990 National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome
1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia
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 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
1990 Paintings from the Desert, Contemporary Aboriginal
Paintings, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, Tasmania
1990 The Seventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition,
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia
1988 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
1987 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
1986 Roar Studios, Melbourne.
1983 Mori Gallery, Sydney.

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.

AUCTION DETAILS:
Title: Two Boys at Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) 1992
Details: Synthetic polymer paint on linen, bears artist's name and Papunya Tula artists catalogue number RT920828 on the reverse, 152 x 122 cm
Auction Price: $79,812
Auction House: Sotheby's Australia, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 24/06/2002, Lot No. 40

355 works listed from the 1970's onwards.