Known also as: Ronnie Jampitjinpa
Region: Walungurru (Kintore), Ininti, Alice Springs, NT
Language Group: Pintupi
Born at Tjiturrunya west of Kintore Ranges in Western Australia, Ronnie was initiated into manhood in Winparku, near Lake Mackay in the Northern Territory. After prolonged droughts in the 1950s, he and his family moved, first to Haasts Bluff, then to Papunya.
Here Ronnie began working as a stockman before the family moved to the newly established settlement at Papunya, where he worked at fencing cattle yards.
One of the youngest artists, Ronnie began painting in 1971 with the founding group of Papunya painters, and became an important influence on the outstation movement. Ronnie moved to Walungurru with his family after it was established in 1981. In the early 1980s Ronnie painted only intermittently for Papunya Tula Artists; however, by the late 1980s and early 1990s his distinctive graphic style attracted considerable attention. In these later works, his delicate, dotted Tingari designs have been transformed into bands of colour to dazzling optical effect.
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s art is a good representation of the characteristic Pintupi style: repetition of forms, which are geometric, simple and bold, and pigments which are often restricted to four basic colours of black, red, yellow and white. But Ronnie experiments with other colours as well.
He has exhibited widely both within Australia and overseas. Ronnie won the Alice Prize in September 1998 with his painting Tingari Story at Nwirmiminya, 1988. He has held several solo exhibitions, beginning with an exhibition at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1989.
Ronnie has been painting for redrock gallery since 1998.
1982 Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
1983 Mori Gallery, Sydney
1986 Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
Aboriginal Arts Australia, Canberra
1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996 Gallery Gabriella Pizzi, Melbourne
1988 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Expo ’88, Brisbane
1991, 1993 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1991 Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, U.S.A.
1992 Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995,
1997, 1998 Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
1992 Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
1993 Art Gallery of N.S.W. Sydney
Art Museum, Armidale, N.S.W.
Art Gallery of W.A., Perth
1994 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Utopia Gallery, Sydney
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Milan & Palermo, Italy
Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
1995 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1996 ‘Dreamings of the Desert’
1998 Jinta Gallery, Sydney
1999 Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide
‘Twenty-five Years and Beyond’
Embassy of Australia, Washington U.S.A.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco U.S.A.
2000 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
2001 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2000-2006 Group Exhibitions and Permanent Collection, redrock gallery, Melbourne.
2007 June redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, Gallery Grand Opening Beijing, P.R China
2007 July redrock gallery, Group Exhibition China World Exhibition Centre, Beijing P.R China
2007 August redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, Grand Hyatt Hotel,Beijing, P.R China
2007 November redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, International Art Expo, Beijing, P.R China
2008 July redrock gallery,Beijing, 2nd Gallery Opening, Group Exhibition, Beijing, P.R China
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Museums & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Robert Holmes a Court
Medibank Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Donald Khan, U.S.A.
Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
Musee National des Arts Africains et Oceaniens,
Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
Mem Aziz Private Collection
1988 Alice Springs Art Prize