Current Exhibition

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ultimate Art are holding a small exhibition of art by the Pintupi artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa covering early 2000 works such themes as Tingari Rain ; Tingari ; Fire Dreaming ; Tingari Snake Dreaming this is similar to the exhibition held in 2015 by the NSW Art Gallery.

Now one of the last founding members of Papunya Tula Artists, Tjampitjinpa’s career spans more than 40 years. He has had seven solo exhibitions since 1989 in Australia, most recently at NSW Art Gallery, Sydney 2015. Since then Ronnie position in a declining Indigenous market has raisen to 13rd overall and is ranked 2nd Live Indigenous Artist these Museum quality pieces are currently exhibiting on the landing of Level two of the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was one of the youngest of the group of men who began painting at Papunya in 1971, which led to the emergence of the Western Desert art movement. A founder of the hugely influential Papunya Tula Artists, he became as one of their major painters in the early 1990s and continues to paint today.

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’s work entails the Pintupi style of strong circles, joined by connecting lines depicting the people, the country and the Dreamtime. The primary images in Ronnie’s work are based on the Tingari Cycle which is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men.

Ronnie’s Fire Dreaming ceremony is one of the six seasonal cycles of the Traditional Aboriginal Calender. The responsibility for conducting the ceremony is held by the Tjampitjinpa, as the guardians.

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