Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

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DOB: c.1943
Born: Tjiturrunya, Kintore, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi
COMMUNITY: Kintore, NT

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 their home lands. Whilst in Papunya, Ronnie started painting in the early 1970s. He was among the first of the Pintupi men to embrace art as a means of recording culture and thus took part at the genesis of the western desert art movement. He appeared in his first exhibition in 1974 and had his first solo show in 1989. He moved to Kintore in the 1980s, shortly after its establishment, fulfilling his dream of returing to his homelands.

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 has been a finalist in numerous prestigous art prizes in the intervening 30 or so years. He is regarded as one of Aboriginal art's most collectable artists, appearing in over 30 major collections worldwide.

Ronnie is married to Mary Brown Napangardi and continues to reside in the small Pintupi community of Kintore, deep into a remote desert area, about 500km west of Alice Springs.

Collections

  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Musee des Arts Africans et Oceaniens, Paris
  • Donald Kahn Collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Supreme Court of Northern Territory, Darwin
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Owen and Wagner Collection, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover
  • Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
  • Kluge Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia
  • Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • British Museum, London
  • Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown
  • Medibank Private Collection
  • Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane
  • Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
  • Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge
  • James D. Wolfensohn Collection, New York
  • Macquarie Group Collection
  • Allen, Allen & Hemsley
  • Moree Plains Gallery Collection, Moree
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier
  • Sammlung Essl, Vienna
  • Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen
  • Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
  • Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Melbourne
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • The Luczo Family Collection, USA
  • Parliament House Collection, Canberra

Awards and Recognition

2009 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2008 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist
2004 21st NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2002 Wynne Prize - Finalist
2001 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
1998 15th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
1996 13th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
1995 The 20th Annual Fremantle Print Award 1995, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle - Finalist and Highly Commended
1994 11th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
1992 9th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
1991 8th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
1990 7th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
1988 Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs - Winner

History

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Tribute to a Master, Utopia Art, Sydney
2017 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa NOW, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2015 loud & clear, Utopia Art, Sydney
2003 Bushfire, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa: New paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa - Aboriginal Lawman - Masterworks, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago
1997 Variations, Utopia Art, Sydney
1996 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
1995 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1994 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa: A solo exhibition, Utopia Art, Sydney
1989 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Desert Painters of Australia, Larry Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA - from the Steve Martin & Anne Springfield Collections and Kluge-Ruhe Collection of the University of Virginia, USA
2018 Community IX, Utopia Art, Sydney
2017 Gems from the Stockroom, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 Sydney Contemporary 2017, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 Tjugunutja: From having come together, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory,
Darwin
2016 Landstract Abscape, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 Cornucopia, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, Harvard Art Museums, USA
2016 The Last Hurrah, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Wynners, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2015 Community VII, Utopia Art Sydney
2015 Painting from Papunya Tula Artists, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor
2015 Collectible, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Papunya Tula Artists - Indigenous Paintings from Australias Western Desert, Brumby Ute
Gallery, Aspen
2015 Sydney Contemporary 2015, Carriageworks, Sydney
2015 Country & Western: Landscape Re-Imagined, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville and S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2014 Community VI, Utopia Art, Sydney
2014 Parcours des Mondes, Arts d Australie, Stephane Jacob, Paris
2014 Summer Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2014 New Pictures: Aboriginal Painting, Kunstwerk - Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen
2013 Crossing Cultures - the Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal
Australian Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
2013 The Salon, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Painting Now, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Community V, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Papunya Tula Artists - Masters of the Western Desert of Australia, Harvey Art Projects USA,
Sun Valley
2013 Art Elysees, Arts d Australie, Stephane Jacob, Paris
2013 George Tjungurrayi, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa & Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, ReDot Fine Art Gallery,
Singapore
2013 All-Over Country, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2012 Papunya Tula: Works on Paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2012 Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle Art
Museum, Seattle
2012 Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris
2012 Crossing Cultures - the Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal
Australian Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover
2012 Desert Country, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle
2012 Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Classic Works from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Community IV: Celebrating Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Unique Perspectives: Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community’ Araluen Arts
Centre, Alice Springs
2012 Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Harvey Art Projects USA, Sun Valley
2011 Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Ar’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2011 40 years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2011 Up Close and Personal: works from the collection of Dr Peter Elliott AM, S. H. Ervin Gallery,
Sydney
2011 Papunya Tula Artists - Community III, Utopia Art, Sydney
2011 Desert Country, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Morninton Pensinula
Regional Art Gallery, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Crawley
2011 Recent Pinutupi Works, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2011 Pintupi Trails 2011, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2011 Living Water, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2011 Aboriginal Art 2011, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2011 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2011 land.spirit.song, Harvey Art Projects USA, Sun Valley, Idaho
2011 Tjukurrtjanu - Origins of Western Desert Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2010 Museum III, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 KIAF 2010, Korea International Art Fair, COEX, Seoul
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2010 Papunya Tula Artists - Community, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara - Belonging To One Country, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2010 Wilkinkarralakutu - Journeys to Lake Mackay, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2010 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2010 Aboriginal Art 2010, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2009 Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2009 Nganana Tjungurrayi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja: We are Here Sharing our Dreaming, East
Galleries, New York
2009 Community - The Heart of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2009 Icons Of The Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings From Papunya, Grey Art Gallery, New York
University, New York
2009 Papunya 2009, Senior Pintupi Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2009 Icons Of The Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings From Papunya, Herbert F. Johnson Museum
Of Art, Cornell University, New York
2009 Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjana - Same Stories, A New Way, Papunya Tula
Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 The Dreamers, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2008 From the Air, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Aboriginal Art 2008, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2008 20 years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2008 Pairs of Paintings, Utopia Art, Sydney
2008 Marrkangku Yara Palyantjaku Ngurrangka - Making Strong Paintings At Home, Papunya
Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2008 Kintore to Kiwirrkurra - Papunya Tula Artists, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2008 Pintupi Art 2008, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2008 Virtuosity: The Evolution of Painting at Papunya Tula, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art
Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2008 Australian Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2007 Travels of the Tingari - New Pintupi Works from the Western Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2007 Papunya Tula 2007, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 Recent Paintings 2007, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2007 The Black and White Show, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2007 Pintupi - Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2007 Pintupi Art 2007, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adeliade
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 PTA, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Bits and Pieces abstract art, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Pintupi Dreamtime, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2006 Papunya Tula Artists - Recent Paintings, Harriet Place, Darwin
2006 Pintupi Art 2006, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2006 Luminous - Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton
2006 Pintupi, Hamiltons Gallery, London
2006 Aboriginal Art 2006, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2006 Luminous - Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree
2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2006 Papunya Tula Artists 2006, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2006 Luminous - Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst
2006 Australian Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2005 Papunya Tula Artists - new work for a new space, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Museum II, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 Aboriginal Art 2005, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2005 Luminous - Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, Manly Art Gallery And Museum and Bundoora Homestead Art Gallery
2005 Strong and Stately, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2005 New Works From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth
2004 Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2004 Pintupi Art 2004, Tony Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide
2004 All About Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2004 Talking About Abstraction, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney
2004 Binocular: looking closely at Country, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, UNSW,
Sydney
2004 Aboriginal Art 2004, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2004 Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2004 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 Mythology & Reality, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2004 Spirit & Vision, Sammlung Essl, Vienna
2003 Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague, Toskansky Place, Prague
2003 Ab Op II, Utopia Art, Sydney
2003 Papunya Tula Masters, The Depot Gallery, Sydney
2003 Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2003 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2003 Pintupi Art From the Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth
2003 Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London
2003 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2003 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2002 The Year In Review, Utopia Art, Sydney.
2002 Indigenous works on paper, Damien Minton Gallery, Redfern
2002 Crossroads - The Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Prints, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2002 Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane
2001 Musee des Beaux Arts et d Archeologie de Vienne, Vienne
2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach
2001 Art of Pintupi, Tony Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide
2001 Kintore, Kiwirrkurra, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Aboriginal Art 2001, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2001 Dreamscapes - Contemporary Desert Art, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg
2001 Art Aborigene, Musee Olympic, Lausanne
2001 Papunya - Works from the 1980s, Utopia Art, Sydney
2001 Dreamtime: the Dark and the Light, Kunst der Gegenwart, Sammlung Essl, Vienna
2001 Indigenous Highlights from the State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2001 Aborigena, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin
2001 Aboriginal Art Select Works, Kozminsky Gallery & Fine Art Dealers, Melbourne
2001 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne
2000 Papunya Tula Artists NOW, Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 Aboriginal Art Select Works, Kozminsky Gallery & Fine Art Dealers, Melbourne
2000 Spring Exhibition, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2000 Framed Gallery, Darwin
2000 Pintupi Men, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2000 Lines, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane
2000 Landscape, Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Australia Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2000 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco
1999 Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide
1999 Spirit Country, San Francisco/Touring.
1999 Ab Op, Utopia Art, Sydney
1999 Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1999 Northern Territory Art Award, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
1998 nineteen ninety eight, Utopia Art, Sydney.
1998 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1998 New World Art Gallery, Hattem The Netherlands
1998 Art Gallery Kunsthuys, Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 Jinta Gallery, Sydney
1997 Pintupi Painters, Papunya Tula Artists Gallery, Alice Springs.
1997 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1997 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1997 The Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1996 Twenty Five Years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
1996 Voices of the Earth, Jehangir Nicholson Museum National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai and The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore
1996 Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
1996 new paint new work, Utopia Art, Sydney
1996 Contemporary Abstract Aboriginal Art, Sherman Galleries, Sydney.
1996 Imagining the Real: an exhibition of recent acquisitions from the Parliament House
Collection, Canberra.
1996 The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Art Award, Old Parliament
House, Canberra
1996 The Gesture, Utopia Art, Sydney
1996 Contemporary Australian Abstraction, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1995 The 20th Annual Fremantle Print Award 1995, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1995 Works On Paper, Utopia Art, Sydney
1995 International Works on Paper Fair, Mitchell Galleries, State Library of NSW, Sydney
1994 ACAF 4, Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne
1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1994 Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
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 Australian Heritage Commission, NATSIAA Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra
1993 Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Kung Gubunga, Oasis Gallery, Broadbeach
1993 Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1993 After the Field... A Contemporary Australian Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
1993 After the Field, Manly Art Gallery, Manly
1993 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia, Touring Exhibition
1993 Chandler Coventry - A Private Collection, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown
1993 Aratjara - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Kunstsannlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duesseldorf
1993 Hayward Gallery, London
1993 Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1992 Nineteen Ninety Two New Work, Utopia Art, Sydney
1992 Crossroads Toward a New Reality, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1992 A.C.A.F. 3, Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne
1992 Aboriginal Art from the Desert, State Ethnographic Museum, St. Petersburg,
Ukraine and Byelorussian State Museum of Art, Minsk, Byelorussia
1991 The Pintupi, Utopia Art, Sydney
1991 The Painted Dream, Auckland City Art Gallery and National Art Gallery and Museum,
Wellington
1991 Desert Paintings, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1991 Long Hot Summer, Utopia Art, Sydney
1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1991 Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami
1991 Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert, Union of Soviet Artists Gallery, Moscow and Museum of Ethnographic Art, St. Petersburg
1990 National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome
1990 The Last Show 1990, Utopia Art, Sydney
1990 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Palazzo Bianchi Michiel, Venice
1990 Paintings from the Desert, Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart
1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1988 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1988 Dreamings, Asia Society Gallery, New York
1988 Papunya Tula, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
1988 Time Before Time, Austral Gallery, St Louis
1988 EXPO 88, Brisbane
1988 Utopia Art, Sydney
1988 Ageless Art, Queensland Museum, Brisbane
1987 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1986 Roar Studios, Melbourne
1986 Gallerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1985 The Face of the Centre: Papunya Tula Paintings 1971-1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1983 Papunya, Aboriginal Paintings from the Centre, Touring Exhibition Mori Gallery, Sydney
1983 Roar Studios, Melbourne
1982 Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
1982 Georges Gallery, Melbourne
1981 The Anvil Gallery, Albury
1977 The Nigeria Festival
1975 The Auckland Festival
1975 Argyle Art Centre, Sydney
1974 Aboriginal Art from Papunya, The Anvil Gallery, Albury