Tingari Cycle - Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
Tingari Cycle - Ronnie Tjampitjinpa WT2741
Acrylic on Canvas, 182 x 92 cm
Contemporary art critics have been impressed with Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s large linear abstracted works. They 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 later went to Yuendumu, then travelled on to Papunya, where he joined the Pintupi who were camped there in the 1970’s. At Papunya, he worked as a labourer. He observed the Papunya painting movement during its 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. 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.