This is Shane Pickett

By Gwylym Owen

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Shane Pickett (born 1957, Quairading, Western Australia. Died 15 January 2010, Perth, Western Australia) was one of the foremost Nyoongar artists. Combining his deep knowledge and business for Nyoongar culture bearing in mind a confident and individual style of gestural abstraction, Pickett created paintings that resonated following a perplexing but subtle immediacy. Balancing spread with tradition, modernity subsequent to an ancient spirituality, Pickett created a profound visual tale for the persistence of Nyoongar culture neighboring the colonising tide of modernity. During his career, Pickett was prearranged as a finalist in numerous major art prizes including the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for which he won the ‘Best Painting in a European Medium’ category prize in 1986. In 2006 he was awarded first prizes at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and the Joondalup Invitation Art Award, and in 2007 he was awarded the major prize at the inaugural Drawing Together Art Award. He has exhibited in every state and territory in Australia, as without difficulty as in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. His works are held in major private and public collections throughout Australia and internationally.

Pickett died rapidly in Perth, Western Australia on 15 January 2010.

Bevis, S. 2010, ‘Service Honours Pickett’, ‘The West Australian’, Perth, 22 January 2010,

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