Shane Pickett | Dusk Infusion
Location City Gallery
From Saturday 13 April 2019 - 10:00am
To Sunday 30 June 2019 - 04:00pm
Exhibition opening event will be held on Friday 12 April, 6pm - 8pm. Entry is free and all are welcome. See you there!
I have sat down and watched the dusk infusion (the changing of day into night) and seen the colours of the sky and shadows move or merge into dreams of soft calming rhythms. I have this resource of my dreamings and I will always respect my cultural values and the traditions of my father’s Jdewat people and also of my mother’s Balladong people, for the dreams do flow strongly through the views of my life. Shane Pickett.
Shane Pickett was born in Quairading in the south-west of Western Australia in 1957. He passed away in Perth in 2010. Pickett was one of the foremost Nyoongar artists of his generation. Combining his deep knowledge and concern for Nyoongar culture with a confident and individual style of gestural abstraction, Pickett’s paintings resonate with a profound but subtle immediacy. Balancing innovation with tradition, modernity with an ancient spirituality, they are complex visual metaphors for the persistence of Nyoongar culture against the colonising tide of modernity.
Pickett was selected as a finalist in numerous major art prizes including the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, achieving noteworthy outcomes by winning several of them. His works have been exhibited in every state and territory in Australia, and extensively overseas. Many are held in major private and public collections.
The exhibition Dusk Infusion, presents a selection of Pickett’s work produced during the last ten years of his painting career. Inspired by the environment where he grew up and drawing on his cultural background, Pickett used his artworks to make a genuine statement from within himself, statements which he felt that only he could make by ‘pushing the paint around the canvas’.
For Pickett the Dreamtime was very cosmic in more ways than one. He felt that he could go there to bring back stories to put down on the canvas in his own way.
Pickett stated that the last decade of his painting career had been a big adventure during which he made many friends and met many traditional elders from across the country. He commented that these experiences gave him value to share his culture, the land, the seasons, the various elements that change the weather, the watercourses, hunting grounds and medicine grounds broadly with others.
Dusk Infusion, presented by the Mossenson Art Foundation at BRAG, is a continuation of the to sharing of Shane Pickett’s work and spirit with the community.
Image credit: Shane Pickett, Morning Light Over The Hillside (detail), acrylic on paper, 76 x 55 cm.