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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6245

Senator RIDGEWAY (New South Wales) (3.41 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes, with sadness, the passing on 3 November 2002 of Mr Jimmy Pike, a Walmajarri man from the Great Sandy Desert in the Kimberley, and thanks his family for their permission to refer to him by name in recognition of his outstanding achievements as an artist;

(b) remembers Mr Pike as one of the artists who transformed the Indigenous fine art movement by his bold use of colour and distinctive style of design, which were inspired by his traditional desert country and the Walmajarri ceremonies and stories associated with that country;

(c) notes that Mr Pike was first introduced to Western-style painting in his 40s, yet created an expansive body of work across many different mediums including painting, printmaking, fabric design and wood carving, that has been exhibited in major galleries throughout Australia, and in Japan, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the People's Republic of China; and

(d) recognises that Mr Pike's works are represented in most of the major galleries, museums and private collections in Australia, as well as overseas, contributing to his status as one of the nation's pre-eminent Aboriginal artists and cultural custodians.

Question agreed to.