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Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Tingari - 1996

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
88.0 x 120.5 cm
EST. $12,000 - $15,000

MP #586


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. RT9607137

Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

Private Collection, NSW

Annette Larkin Fine Art, NSW

Spinifex & Sand Collection, Tas

Private Collection, Vic


Ronnie Tjampitjinpa walked with his family out of the West Australian desert and settled into life at the tumultuous and crowded settlement of Papunya at 13. He was in his late 20s at the dawn of the Desert painting movement. His tribal initiation into ceremonial knowledge, along with his familiarity with country and sacred sites stood him in good stead when, as one of the youngest painters, he was tutored by Old Mick Tjakamarra. As senior custodian of the Honey Ant Dreaming, Tjakamarra had played an instrumental role in initiating the Papunya art movement.


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, when he won the Alice Springs Art Prize.
His work was subsequently included in a number of major survey exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including a solo retrospective in 2015 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Tingari song and dance cycles are the most secret and sacred of the deeply religious rituals of the Western Desert Tribes of Central Australia. The rituals associated with them consist of hundreds of song and dance cycles telling of the travels and adventures of the Tingari, their creation of sacred sites and fertility rites, the significance of body designs, and decorations made of woven human hair.