Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

"Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is undoubtedly one of Australia's foremost abstract painters. That his unique work has emerged from some of Australia's remotest parts, without any art school training or exposure or education in the western tradition of contemporary art is all the more amazing." (Christopher Hodges, 1994)

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was working as a fencer at Papunya when he saw some of the older men in the community painting their traditional designs on wooden boards and canvas. Tjampitjinpa was fascinated and began to paint in the early 1970s, although his career as an artist really blossomed in the mid 1980s. Tjampitjinpa uses bold geometric forms and repetitive lines in his paintings. The colours are often bright and the general effect is mesmerising. Today, his work is included in major Australian and international collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Musee du quai Branly, Paris, and the Seattle Art Museum.  He died in 2023.

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Ronnie Tjampitjinpa at National Museum of AustraliaFrom January 2024

This important exhibition, Talking Blak to History, showcases artworks, documents and historical artefacts.

Desert Painters of Australia part IIJuly 26 - September 6, 2019

Gagosian Galleries in Beverly Hills, California are presenting the second exhibition of the collection of Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield.   The exhibition features work by Papunya Tula Artists.  


Ronnie Tjampitjinpa at AGNSWFebruary 2015

An exhibition celebrating the 40-year career of leading Papunya Tula painter Ronnie Tjampitjinpa will be staged in the Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. 4 April - 1 November 2015. 

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa in Blake PrizeSeptember 2011

Congratulations to Pintupi artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, whose work has been selected for the 2011 Blake Prize. It will be exhibited at the National Art School, Darlinghurst from 16 September to 15 October