Jimmy PIKE

Walmajarri people

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

Japingka waterhole 1986 Place made: Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Dimensions: 128.0 h x 189.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1549
Image rights: © Pat Lowe
  • Japingka waterhole encapsulates only one of the several media Pike used, and in many ways is most akin to the plan or aerial view of country that is the norm in Indigenous painting from the Western Desert. Pike also depicted both country and people actual or mythological in a panoramic and naturalistic fashion in paintings, screenprints and linocuts. There is even a small body of sculptural work in stone.

    While vibrant use of acrylic paints was occasionally found in Western Desert art of the 1970s, often decorating artefacts such as shields or coolamons, collectors generally sought works executed in the more traditional suite of colours in ochres: red and yellow, black and white. Pike launched a whole new palette in ways that would confound the purists of the time. His use of almost fluorescent blues, greens, yellows and reds, and virtual abandonment of the iconography usually associated with Western Desert art, was crucial in taking Indigenous art in another direction, into the wider application of contemporary Indigenous imagery in the commercial world of fabrics and fashion design. Jimmy’s work was to feature ultimately on catwalks, as well as in galleries around Australia and in London, Tokyo and Beijing.

    Japingka waterhole 1986 reinforces Pike’s abilities as a colourist and, more importantly, his continual contact with his country not only because the place is itself an important ceremonial site whose origins are grounded in the complex mythology of the region, but also because it is the major site with which he is associated by birth.

    Kim Akerman

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
    From: Franchesca Cubillo and Wally Caruana (eds) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: collection highlights National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

  • 吉米·派克 (Jimmy PIKE)
    《加平卡水洼》(Japingka waterhole)
    128.0(高) x 189.0(宽)厘米
    收录号:NGA 87.1549




    Kim Akerman

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra