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Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Tingari Dreaming - Nyinaraguminya Swamp - 2002

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
137 x 122 cm
Price Realised: $22,000.00

MP #301


Provenance

Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. RT0209107
Private Collection, Vic

Ronnie'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 and this was followed by successive solo exhibitions at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1989 and 1990. From the early 1990s he initiated the new optical style adopted by several male Pintupi artists. In doing so he and his male contemporaries returned to the sacred men's key designs engraved on ceremonial weapons and artefacts. More than any other figure, he can be credited with having forged this new artistic direction that embraced aesthetic minimalism, thereby freeing up further possibilities for the younger upcoming generation of painters, and challenging fixed perceptions of Western Desert art.

The Tingari are a group of mythical ancestors of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country performing rituals while creating and shaping particular sites. The repeated concentric oblong patterns represent the sites where the Tingari men stopped during their travels. These mythologies form part of men's law that is passed on to initiates during ceremony.