Ronnie Tjampitjinpa ( Walungurru, Ininiti, Central Western Desert, Generation 1) a Pintupi man was born around 1943 at Tjiturrunya west of Kintore. Ronnie commenced painting in 1975; he has emerged as one of Papunya Tula’s major artists. He is married to Mary Brown Napangardi and currently spends his time between Alice Springs and his home in Kintore. 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 established a bold linear style in his painting, often using very large scale canvases that allowed the repetition of motifs to grand effect.
His influence on other artists at Kintore during the 1990s was considerable.
Aboriginal art status – Collectable artist.
Current exhibition: Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia February 5, 2016–September 18, 2016, Harvard Art Museums
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Campbelltown City Art Gallery
Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
Medibank Private Collection
Musee du Quai Branly – des Arts Africans et Oceaniens, Paris.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Supreme Court of Northern Territory, Darwin.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.