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Raymond Maxwell Tjampitjinpa / Tingari (RM001)

150cm x 90cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: RM001

$2,800.00 $2,200.00

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Raymond Maxwell Tjampitjinpa, was born in Papunya, Northern Territory in 1955.

He is the son of the late George Tjangala, one of the early artists and shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists, and Pantjiya Nungurrayi who also paints for Papunya Tula.

Raymond worked for the Papunya Council for many years however didn’t pick up a brush until 1993. Like his parents before him, he was a natural and began painting regularly around 2000.

Raymond is represented in the National Gallery. He lives in Papunya with his family.

Selected Group Exhibitions

‘Kintore, Kiwirrkura’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria
Thornquest Gallery, Southport, Queensland

‘Paintings from our Country’, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
‘Pintupi Men’s and Women’s Stories’, Indigenart, Perth, WA
‘Art Born of the Western Desert’, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
‘Saluting Papunya’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT

‘Kuniya Pilkati’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

‘Aboriginal Art 2006’, Scott Livesy Art Dealer, Melbourne, VIC
‘A Particular Collection’, Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW

‘Community – The Heart of Papunya Tula Artists’, Utopia art, Sydney, NSW

‘Community V’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

National Gallery of Victoria


The artwork shows the area of Kirrimalunya to the north of Kiwurrkura. There was water in this area and it was used by the Tingari Men as they travelled through the area, headed to Kaakuratintja (Lake McDonald) where Tingari rituals were held.

During the Tjukurrpa (Creation Era) Tingari ancestor beings gathered at a series of sites for Malliera (Initiation) Ceremonies. They travelled vast stretches of the country, performing rituals at specific sites that in turn created the diverse natural features of the environment (depicted here as the rectangles – the earth). The Tingari men were accompanied by novices and usually followed by Tingari Women. The creation stories and rituals form the songlines* and ceremonies of today, used in part for the teachings of the post initiatory youths, whilst also providing explanations for contemporary customs.

*Songlines are sung narratives of the landscape, singing tracks that weave across the country and enable every significant place to be known. At each location, rituals are performed that enact the knowledge associated with that specific place.

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