Tingarri Tjukurpa – Ronnie Allen


76.2cm x 101.5cm: acrylic on canvas

Artwork is sold unstretched

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76.2cm x 101.5cm: acrylic on canvas

Artwork is sold unstretched

Ronnie Allen

Ronnie Allen is a self-taught artist and a respected elder in the Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community. Ronnie’s family’s country is Kunapula, just south of Kaltukatjara. He has spent much of his life traveling the Western Desert as a Christian Pentecostal pastor.  

Ronnie paints several tjukurpa (dreaming) stories including tingarri (ceremony), mulga seed, maku (witchetty grub) and tjala (honey ant). He also paints a unique fusion of tjukurpa with Pentecostal imagery, in which he depicts Yarnangu and Western people holding gatherings. These gatherings play host to ceremonial dances, religious worship, and moral discussions.  

As such, Ronnie’s work visualises elements of the relationship between Yarnangu and Christian belief systems, stemming from the influence of Christian missionaries in recent history. Ronnie draws together these two worlds in a celebration of community and faith. Through Ronnie’s work, we can see that the interplay between Yarnangu and Christian spirituality has become an indelible aspect of community history and identity. 

Tingarri Tjukurpa

‘Tingari Tjukurpa’, tells of the coming together of western desert tribes from south of the Petermann Ranges north to the Papunya lands and west to just north of Tjukurla. In Ronnie’s series of works he depicts a Tingari man coming across the Kunga Kutjara (two ladies). They are travelling alone, no men are with them. Tingari picks up and carries the women to Papunya where there is a large mob of men. The men and women come together, walking and dancing their way to find the Tingari lake. Many people from east between Docker River and Uluru journey to meet at the lake.