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Jimmy PIKE

Walmajarri people

Japingka, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia 1938 – Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia 2002


commenced 1984

printer (organisation)


commenced 1984

publisher (organisation)

Jarlujangka Wangki. 1985 Place made: Desert Designs, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper screenprint, printed in black ink, from one stencil; from linocut original Support: cream wove paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: 14/85
Edition: edition of 85

Primary Insc: Signed lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'J. Pike'. Inscribed lower left below printed image in black pencil, '14/85'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 33.0 h x 39.2 w cm sheet 50.9 h x 67.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.596
Image rights: © Pat Lowe
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Melbourne, February 1986.

Jimmy Pike, who began making art in the 1980s while serving a prison term, is renowned for his energetic line work and adept handling of the painting and printmaking media. His works have a graphic quality and describe his home desert country - the endless sandhills, submerged waterholes and intense shimmering heat of this harsh environment.

For Jarlujangka Wangki Pike has employed a dual perspective to relate the narrative - the radiating element may represent simultaneously a campfire and a bomb, while dragonfly-like bombers are silhouetted against the agitated ground. The vulnerable family group is dwarfed beneath the overwhelming turmoil and movement in skies above.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra