Kimberley Art, Vic Cat No. KA940/02
Private Collection, USA
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s works first appeared in Papunya Tula exhibitions during the 1970s, and later in commercial art galleries in Sydney and Melbourne throughout the 1980s. He won the Alice Springs Art Prize in 1988, followed by successive solo exhibitions at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1989 and 1990.
More than any other figure, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa can be credited with having forged a new artistic direction in embracing aesthetic minimalism, thereby freeing up further possibilities for the younger upcoming generation of painters, and challenging fixed perceptions of Western Desert art. His hypnotic designs explore interacting geometric shapes which emanate an eye-catching, pulsating action. Still infused with the Dreamings of his mythical Tingari ancestors, Tjampitjinpa refined characteristic Pintupi designs, boldly scaling up fundamental pictorial elements, freeing them from their iconographic reference points, and strongly emphasising the distinctive repetition of line and form that has always infused Pintupi art with the spirit of their vast and ancient lands.Share