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Title

Tingari fire dreaming at Wilkinkarra

2008


Artist

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Australia

circa 1942 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


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). Now 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 focuses on the actions of the Tingari and offers constant innovation in their modes of representation. '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).


Details


Place where the work was made

Walungurru (Kintore) Northern Territory Australia


Date

2008


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen


Dimensions

244.0 x 181.4 x 2.4 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

612.2014


Artist information

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Artist profile

Works in the collection

10


Place

Where the work was made
Walungurru (Kintore)

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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