Japingka, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia 1938 – Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia 2002
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
Edition: edition of 85
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