An image of Tjintjintjin

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

(Australia circa 1942 – )

Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Tjintjintjin, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way

Not on display
Further information

In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

The art centre documentation for this work states:

This etching relates to the rockhole site of Tjintjintjin, west of Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald). There is a rockhole site situated near a very deep cave. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men followed the tracks of an old woman who had travelled to Tjintjintjin from the south-east to this site. The woman went into the rockhole where she dug into the ground. Once inside the rockhole she travelled underground towards the east, resurfacing at a site called Muruntji, or Browns Bore west of Haasts Bluff.
Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Place of origin
Walungurru (Kintore), Northern Territory, Australia
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "RONNIE". Not dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
© Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd