“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
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.
A survey exhibition celebrating Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s 40-year career will be at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 4 April until 1 November 2015.