Ronnie Bird Jungala
Born in 1960, Ronnie Bird Jungala is the son of an acclaimed artist called Ada Bird Petyarre, Ronnie’s paintings are extremely traditional and he takes pride in using the traditional Papunya artists’ method of painting - using a stick to make fine dot work. Ronnie is married to a daughter of the great Emily Kngwarreye. He is a progressive artist who has a great future and has gotten his paintings throughout Australia and Europe. Ronnie is a quickly emerging artist who depicts mainly Men's ceremonial stories and His Dreamings of his country.
About the artwork
In this painting, Ronnie paints a traditional Men's Ceremony. For boys and men, initiation was a landmark in their lives usually beginning at the age of puberty (12-16) the boys are separated from most of their tribe and beginning with various tests the vital process takes recognition of a person's maturity and the passing on of some of the sacred ritual and secrets of the group. Initiation meant the end of childhood; it also meant the beginning of the full ceremonial and religious life which adults observed.