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Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Tingari Cycle - 1997

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
181.0 x 143.0 cm
Price Realised: $5,520.00

MP #218


Yapa Art, NT
Kimberley Art, Vic Cat No. 001/97

accompanied by 9 working in progress images


Coo-ee Art, Earth. Fire. Water - Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Sydney, NSW, May 2015

The Tingari Cycle is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men. The Tingari are Dreamtime beings who travelled across the landscape performing ceremonies to create and shape the country.


The Tingari ancestors gathered at these sites for Maliera (initiation) ceremonies. The sites take the form of, and are located at, significant rockholes, sand hills, sacred mountains and water soakages in the Western Desert.

Tingari may be poetically interpreted as song-line paintingss relating to the songs (of the people) and creation stories (of places) in Pintupi mythology.