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Ngirramanujuwal: The Art and Colour of Jimmy Pike

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) proudly presents Ngirramanujuwal: The Art and Country of Jimmy Pike at Government House Ballroom, Perth (30 May – 2 June 2023).

Ngirramanujuwal is one who adds colour. Walmajarri man Jimmy Pike (c. 1940-2002) manifests colour through his vivid drawings, paintings, and prints, revealing the desert as a place teeming with colourful life, history, and stories.

Every painting shows a different part of my Ngurrara. That’s the meaning of my Country.

Jimmy Pike.

Highlighting works from the Jimmy Pike collection cared for by AIATSIS, Ngirramanujuwal, invites you to experience the Walmajarri seasons– makurra, parranga, yitilal and jutalkarra.

Craig Ritchie, CEO AIATSIS, comments:

‘AIATSIS is delighted to present the Ngirramanujuwal: The Art and Country of Jimmy Pike at Government House Ballroom, Perth. Born in the Great Sandy Desert in the northwest of the Australian continent, Jimmy Pike learned Walmajarri law at an early age. He later learned to paint, adopting the use of bold, bright colours that stood apart from what was then typical of Aboriginal art of the period. With these works, Jimmy Pike shares knowledge of his Country and provides a view into the philosophies of his people. AIATSIS is proud to be the custodian of the Jimmy Pike Collection.’

AIATSIS acknowledges and extends our deepest respect to Walmajarri Country and community and thanks Pat Lowe for supporting this display.

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Last updated: 31 May 2023