To coincide with the Ronnie Tjampitjinpa retrospective to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 4 Apr – 1 Nov 2015, Utopia Art Sydney are paying homage to Tjampitjinpa, in the best way they know how. Loud and Clear celebrates the career of one of the most recognised of all Papunya Tula Artists. A man who experienced first hand the birth of the Western Desert Art movement and took his place in it.
“There is no doubt that these early painters were revolutionaries, pioneers, taking their culture into the 20th century, proudly, bravely and with purpose.
In this early phase Tjampitjinpa tried his hand, and successfully, but it was not until the eighties that he began to engage fully and start painting seriously. There was a sense of bravado about his work that was well informed by his activism to claim, and return to, his traditional lands, which he did in 1983.
What emerged over the next decade were canvasses that were confident and forthright. They were unmistakably informed by Tjampitjinpa’s rich Pintupi heritage, but at the same time these were striking new works. Tjampitjinpa’s direct linear pattern, the grids, the organic geometry, the scale and colour were uncannily resonant to a western audience, but they were completely Tjampitjinpa’s own invention, from his experience, and they owed nothing to western art history.” – Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art Sydney.
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa Loud and clear, 28 March – 25 April 2015, Utopia Art Sydney, 2 Danks St Waterloo NSW
To view the exhibition click here
For the online catalogue click here