Author(s): Nick Tapper ed.
The paintings of Shane Pickett show the transformations of Nyoongar country, the country of Australia's South-West, in breathtaking and ever-changing images.
Shane Pickett (1957-2010) grew up on a small Aboriginal mission in the Wheatbelt agricultural region east of Perth. From an early age Pickett suffered from ill health, but showed an immediate aptitude for drawing and painting. He held his first exhibition in Perth in 1976, at the age of 19. Over a three-decade career, Pickett's work transformed from detailed landscape paintings reminiscent of Albert Namatjira into a groundbreaking and expressive form of gestural abstraction. He developed a new visual language to represent the cornerstones of Nyoongar culture: the pathways of ancestors, traditional healing practices and places, and especially the six Nyoongar seasons. Pickett died in 2010, at the age of 53, from complications related to the rheumatoid arthritis that afflicted him throughout his life. Remarkably, many of his best works were created in his last years, as the effect of his illness led him to paint with his hands directly on the canvas.
From the Publisher - Dan Mossenson; Foreword - Violet Pickett; I'm on a Path That's a Healing Path - Shane Pickett; Introduction: There Is a Season - Nick Tapper; When He Told the Stories, I Can See the Country (Oral History); Shane Pickett, Nyoongar Artist - Anna Haebich; Beyond the Horizon: A Journey of Collaboration - Diane Mossenson; Dreaming Painting: Shane Pickett's Gift - Ian McLean; Just Weather: The Art and Philosophy of Shane Pickett - Henry F. Skerritt; Shane Pickett: Works 1976-2009; Artist Biography; Acknowledgements; Author Biographies