Tingari Cycle by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa 'Tingari Cycle' 55.5 x 152cm.jpg
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa 'Tingari Cycle' 55.5 x 152cm.jpg

Tingari Cycle by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa


Ronnie Tjampitjinpa c.1943

Ochre on canvas

55.5 x 152cm

©Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Aboriginal Artists Agency

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Contemporary art critics have been impressed with Ronnie Tjampitjinpa's large linear abstracted works which often reference sections of his earlier detailed paintings enlarged into strong compelling geometric forms, some using brilliant colour. His works can be found in major private and public collections.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born circa 1943 in the country west of Kintore Range in Western Australia.  His family travelled extensively across Pintupi country, then walked into the Haasts Bluff settlement around 1956.  Ronnie Tjampitjinpa later went to Yuendumu, then travelled on to Papunya, where her joined the Pintupi who were camped there in the 1970's.  At Papunya, he worked as a labourer. He recalls his early life there as somewhat sedentary; food was readily available, but it was difficult to fulfil other expectations.  He observed the Papunya painting movement during it's early years and began to paint around 1974.

This particular work, 'The Tingari Cycle', represents an aspect of the Tingari creation event. The ancestral Tingari beings are said  to have travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites.  The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and  their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles.  These creation stories form part of the teachings of post initiatory youths at the same time providing the basis for contemporary customs.  Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature, no further details are given.


National Gallery of Australia                                                                                                                                                                

National Gallery of Victoria                                      

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia                                                                                                                                                         

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory                                                                                                                               

Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs                                                                                                                                                     

Artbank, Sydney                                                                                                                                                                                             

Musée du quai Branly, Paris                                                                                                                                                                             

Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Supreme Court of Northern Territory, Darwin. 

The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth.