RONNIE LAWSON

Born 1930 (or earlier)

Ronnie Lawson was born in Rilyi-rilyi and is Pintupi/Warlpiri. He is well known and liked by everyone in Lajamanu for the sweetness of his disposition. His country is Rilyi-rilyi and his Dreamings are Karnta, Women Janmarda, Bush Onion and Wintiki.

A Ronnie Lawson painting of Pituri Dreaming features on the cover of an award winning thesis on adult education at Lajamanu by David Macleay and another of Bush Bean on the cover of the catalogue of the Donald Kahn Collection which has been touring the USA and Europe since 1991.

Ronnie often works with his wife, Louisa Lawson Napaljarri. They are both highly regarded painters. Ronnie Lawson started painting in 1986 in the traditional Painting course organsied by the TAFE unit at Lajamanu school.

COLLECTIONS
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1983 D’un autre continent: l’Australie le reve et le reel, ARC, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
1987 Australian Made, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
1989 Mythscapes, Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria
1991 Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA
1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 Dreamings – Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert; The Donald Kahn collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
1994 Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, 1991,
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA; Johnson, V., 1994
The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales.(C); 1983 D’un Autre Continent: l’Australie le Reve et le Reel, exhib. cat., ARC/Musee d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.(C)