Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born c.1943 in Pintupi land at Muyinnga, about 100 kilometres west of the Kintore Range. He was one of the youngest of the group of men who began painting at the start of the Western Desert Art Movement in 1971 and was a founder of Paunya Tula Artists. He is regarded as one of Aboriginal art's most collectable artists, appearing in over 30 major collections worldwide.
Ronnie's painting Tingari cycle deals with 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 meanings are not available to the uninitiated.
This year marks the 34th anniversary of the opening of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. Over the course of three decades the gallery has built an international reputation for innovation, individuality, energy and excellence.
Rebecca Hossack has been a great champion of Non-Western artistic traditions. Hers was the first art gallery in Europe to exhibit Australian aboriginal painting, and it continues to promote such work through its regular Songlines seasons. Rebecca Hossack has also curated important exhibitions of work from the Bushmen of the Kalahari, from Papua New Guinea, and from tribal India. Much of this art would simply not have been seen in the UK but for the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.