Cities & Suburbs
Boom & Bust
Theme: Patriotic Duty
Artist: Jimmy PIKE
Title: Jarlujangka Wangki
Credit Line: Purchased 1986. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
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.
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