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Tingari fire dreaming at Wilkinkarra



Ronnie Tjampitjinpa


circa 1942 – 20 Jun 2023

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Walungurru (Kintore) Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pintupi, Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on linen
    244.0 x 181.4 x 2.4 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2014
    North Building, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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  • About

    Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born at Muyinnga, deep in Pintupi country and after spending some time in Yuendumu with his brother Smithy Zimran Tjampitjinpa moved to the new settlement of Papunya. In 1971 Tjampitjinpa began drawing on paper and in 1972 was a founding member of Papunya Tula Artists. He worked under the tutelage of his uncle Uta Uta Tjangala.

    Tjampitjinpa was a strong advocate for the outstation movement and was central to the establishment of Walungurru/Kintore in 1981. In 1983 he moved his family to his own outstation at Ininti/Redbank. While living back on his country, Tjampitjinpa painted more regularly and by the late 1990s he was one of Papunya Tula Artists leading artists recognised for his bold graphic canvases and preference for elegant line-work devoid of dots.

    Tjampitjinpa's work focuses on the actions of the Tingari and over his practice he offered constant innovation in his modes of representationi. 'Tingari fire dreaming at Wilkinkarra' 2008 is a landmark work by Tjampitjinpa that centres on the actions of the Tingari at the vast salt lake of Wilkinkarra/Lake Mackay.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Walungurru (Kintore)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'Longing for home', pg. 29-31, Sydney, May 2015, 30, 31 (colour illus.).

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