Ronnie Tjampitjinpa painting, ‘Untitled’ 1998, Kintore Kiwirrkura Western Desert, PALYA C-2830

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa painting, 'Untitled' 1998, Kintore Kiwirrkura Western Desert, PALYA C-2830

Artist: Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
DOB: Circa 1942
Area: Walungurru (Kintore) N.T. & Kiwirrkurra WA
Artwork: Painting
Title: Untitled
Date: 1998
Medium: Acrylic paint on Linen
Size: 910 x 610 mm
Papunya Tula Artists RT980245
Palya Art Cat. No: C-2830
Price: AUD $3,900.00

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born in Pintupi land at Muyinnga, about 100 kilometres west of the
Kintore Range, just across the Western Australian border. He is the son of Uta Uta Tjangala’s
older brother, Minpuru Tjangala (c.1899–1976).

After his initiation into Pintupi law at the site of Yumari, Tjampitjinpa and his younger brother
Smithy Zimran Tjampitjinpa walked into the Aboriginal community of Yuendumu. They later
joined their parents and other siblings – who had come in to Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) in 1956
from the Dover Hills/Yumari area – at the new settlement of Papunya. Tjampitjinpa worked as
a labourer, assisting with the fencing of the aerodromes at Papunya and Ikuntji. He was one
of the youngest of the group of men who began painting at the start of the Western Desert art
movement in 1971, and was a founder of Paunya Tula Artists.

During the 1970s, Tjampitjinpa was preoccupied with returning to his traditional lands and
became a strong advocate for the outstation movement, travelling between meetings in
Papunya, Yuendumu, Wirrimanu (Balgo) and Mount Doreen Station. His goal was finally
achieved with the establishment of the Walungurru (Kintore) settlement in 1981. Tjampitjinpa
moved there with his young family in 1983, establishing an outstation at Ininti (Redbank) and
serving as chairman of the Kintore Outstation Council. During this period, he emerged as one
of Papunya Tula Artists’ major painters, pioneering the bold, scaled-up, linear style that came
to dominate many of the Walungurru painters’ work during the 1990s. His distinctive aesthetic
preoccupa-tion is exemplified in the untitled works of 1994 and 2001. Now one of the last
founding members of Papunya Tula Artists, Tjampitjinpa’s career spans more than 40 years.
He has had six solo exhibitions since 1989 in Australia, most recently at Utopia Art, Sydney.
Throughout the 1980s Tjampitjinpa worked devotedly on a land claim for Ininti, holding
meetings in Darwin, Warmun (Turkey Creek), Utopia and many other places
Source: Art Gallery New South Wales

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