Jimmy Pike

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Jimmy Pike
Kurnti Kujarra

Died3 Nov 2002
EducationFremantle Prison
Known forPainting, print making, publishing
Spouse(s)Pat Lowe

Jimmy Pike (c1940-2002) was a Walmatjarri Aboriginal artist.


Born east of Japingka, an important jila or permanent waterhole in the Great Sandy Desert, he grew up as a hunter-gatherer. Like many of his people he drifted north toward the river valleys and the sheep and cattle stations where food was more plentiful. Living as a fringe-dweller around Cherrabun Station he eventually joined relatives at the station camp and worked as a stockman.[1] He was named Jimmy Pike, after Phar Lap's jockey, by a cattle station manager.[2]

Pike learned to use western art materials while in Fremantle Prison.[2] Even before he was released from prison his work was exhibited in major Australian galleries.[3]

In 1989 Pike featured in a documentary The Quest of Jimmy Pike.[4]

He illustrated a book Jimmy and Pat meet the Queen with his wife Pat Lowe.[5] Pike has collaborated on a number of other books with his wife.

He held exhibitions in United Kingdom, Philippines, China, Namibia and Italy.[1] During an exhibition of his paintings in London in 1998, Pike and his wife Pat Lowe attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace.[3]

He held a joint exhibition with Zhou Xiaoping in the National Gallery of China, Beijing, called "Through the Eyes of Two Cultures".[6] He was the first Australian painter to show there.[3]

Pike died from a heart attack in 2002.[2][3]

Individual exhibitions[7][edit]

  • 1985 Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 1986 Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Sydney.
  • 1986 Black Swan Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 1987 Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra.
  • 1987 Tynte Gallery, Adelaide.
  • 1987 Craft Centre Gallery, Sydney.
  • 1987 Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo.
  • 1988 Birukmarri Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 1988 Capricorn Gallery, Port Douglas.
  • 1988 Tynte Gallery, Adelaide.
  • 1988 Blaxland Gallery, Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1991 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
  • 2000 Museo dell'Aeronautica G. Caproni, Trento, Italy.

Group exhibitions[7][edit]

  • 1984 Her Majesty's Theatre, Perth.
  • 1985 Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Praxis, Fremantle.
  • 1987 Print Council Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 1987 Recent Aboriginal Art of WA, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • 1987 The Fourth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin.
  • 1987 Galerie Exler, Frankfurt.
  • 1987 Art and Aboriginality, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK.
  • 1988 Addendum Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 1998 Australian Aboriginal Graphics from the Collection of the Flinders University Art Museum.
  • 1989, Prints by Seven Australian Aboriginal Artists, International Touring Exhibition through the Print Council and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
  • 1998 Aboriginal Art. The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • 1990 i'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpeliler, France.
  • 1990 Balance 1990, Views, Visions, Influences, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Centre for the Arts, USA.
  • 1990 Tagari Lia. My Family, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Australia, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, UK.
  • 1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia.
  • 1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.V 1992 Working in the Round, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
  • 1992 Crossroads - Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums of Art, Koyoto and Tokyo.
  • 1992 The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
  • 1992 Kimberley Creations, Broome. WA.
  • 1992/3 New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia, Touring USA and Australia.
  • 1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
  • 1993 Galerie im Vinyard Berlin.
  • 1994 New Tracks Old Land Touring USA.
  • 1994 Contemporary Visions Melbourne.
  • 1994 Artmove Claremont.
  • 1995 Art Gallery of WA, Major Retrospective.
  • 1996 NATSI Art Award NTMG Darwin.
  • 1996 Friendship Gallery Hefei, People's Republic of China.
  • 1997 Durack Gallery Broome.
  • 1997 Fireworks Gallery Brisbane.
  • 1997 Framed Gallery Darwin.
  • 1998 Rebecca Hossack Gallery London.
  • 1999 "Through the eyes of two cultures", National Gallery of China, Beijing.[6]
  • 1999 NATSI Art Award NTMG Darwin
  • 2000 Japingka Gallery Perth.



  1. ^ a b "Jimmy Pike". Jimmy Pike Trust. 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Artist Jimmy Pike (Kurntikujarra)". Virtual Reading Room. Education Services Australia Ltd and National Archives of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Stephens, Tony (20 Nov 2002). "Painter recaptured his land in art". Obituaries. Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Tristram, John (1989). "The Quest of Jimmy Pike". Ronin Films. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  5. ^ Lowe, Pat (1997). Jimmy and Pat meet the Queen. Broome, W.A.: Backroom Press. p. 30. ISBN 1876332069.
  6. ^ a b "Through the eyes of two cultures". Exhibition Catalog.
  7. ^ a b c "The Australian Art Print Network". Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fine Art Prints and sculpture. Archived from the original on 27 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Jimmy Pike". Art Gallery of NSW.
  9. ^ Rainbow Serpent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
  10. ^ "Jimmy Pike, Artist". Museum Victoria.
  11. ^ "Jimmy Pike". National Gallery of Australia.
  12. ^ "Kuntika Jimmy Pike". National Gallery of Victoria.
  13. ^ "Kurnti Jimmy Pike". National Gallery of Victoria.
  14. ^ Pike, Jimmy. "Desert Psychedelic". Queensland Museum.

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