Ronnie Tjampitjinpa


Artist Biography

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born in 1943 in 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.

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.


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Artist Exhibitions

2017 Gems from the Stockroom, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2015 Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2011 Tjukurrtjanu- Origins of Western Desert Art, National Gallery of Victoria.

2009 Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
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.
Papunya Tula Genesis and Genius, Australia Gallery, NSW.
Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne VIC.

1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A.
Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide SA.
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.
Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
Dreamings – Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert; The Donald Kahn collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal anD Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.

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