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Albury Dixon

Skin name:TjangalaLanguage:Pintupi-LuritjaDate of birth:1974-02-11Community:Kintore : NT

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Albury Jangala Dixon was born in Papunya in 1974. After living in Kintore he is now living and painting in Nyirripi in the Northern Territory. Albury often visits his family in Haasts bluff, where he occasionally paints at Ikuntji Artists. Albury’s father is Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, a central artist in the Western Desert art movement and the artist who taught Joseph Zimran and Jeffrey Zimran. 

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born in Pintupi land at Muyinnga, about 100 kilometres west of the Kintore Range, just across the Western Australian border. He is the son of Uta Uta Tjangala’s older brother, Minpuru Tjangala (c.1899–1976). Ronnie came to Haasts Bluff in 1958 with his family during the establishment of the Papunya settlement. He was one of the youngest of the group of men who began painting at the start of the Western Desert art movement in 1971, and was a founder of Papunya Tula Artists. Tjampitjinpa’s career spans more than 40 years. He has had six solo exhibitions since 1989 in Australia, most recently at Utopia Art, Sydney. Albury now follows in his father’s footsteps, painting the Tingari Tjukurrpa, employing a distinctive and bold style using colour and contrast to create movement. Albury states, “I am doing it like my father, Ronnie. He is old now.”