Ngirramanujuwal is one who adds colour.
Walmajarri man Jimmy Pike (c. 1940–2002) manifests colour as strokes of ink on paper: the saturated hues of the desert sky at dusk, and the glimmers of the sun on the water’s surface. His vivid and exceptional drawing, painting and printing skills reveal the desert as a place teeming with colourful life, history and stories.
Ngirramanujuwal: The Art and Country of Jimmy Pike is a specially curated selection of the internationally renowned artist’s work from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies collection. It invites the reader to journey through the Great Sandy Desert, experiencing the Walmajarri seasons – makurra, parranga, yitilal and jutalkarra – as revealed through Pike’s art and intimate relationship with Country.
Longlisted for the 2023 Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award
- 279 x 480 mm
- Released 1 April 2022
- ISBN 9781922752000 (hb)
Foreword by Craig Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer, AIATSIS
Yirrawu: Look out
Kurntikujarra Jimmy Pike by Pat Lowe
List of illustrations
Selected Walmajarri and Juwaliny wordlist
Further reading and references
About the author
Since its founding in 1964, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has developed and cared for the most contextualised collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander materials in the world.
As custodian of these materials, AIATSIS documents the cultural practices, expressions, histories, lives, and experiences of Australia’s First Nations peoples. Through our collections, research, education and publications we tell the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and create opportunities for all to encounter, engage and be transformed by that story.
About the cover
Inspired by the colourful work of Jimmy Pike.