1957 - 2010
Shane Pickett was born in 1957 in Ballardung Country in the south west of Western Australia. He was the foremost Nyoongar artist of his generation, combining a modern, abstract landscape-painting style with ancient spirituality. He has exhibited in every state and territory in Australia, as well as in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. His sudden death in 2010, at the age of just 52, sparked an outpooring of grief across the country. Collections: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra. Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, Perth. BHP Collection, Western Australia. Burswood Collection, Western Australia. City of Fremantle Collection, Fremantle, Western Australia City of Wanneroo Collection, Wanneroo, Western Australia Edith Cowan University, Perth. Holmes a Court Collection, Perth. King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection, Greensborough, Victoria. Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital Collection, Perth. Subiaco Museum, Subiaco, Western Australia. Swinburne University of Technology Collection, Melbourne. Western Australian Museum, Perth. Woodside Petroleum Collection, Perth. Solo Exhibitions 2011 - Shane Pickett: A Decade of Paper, Mossenson Galleries, Perth. 2011 - Meeyakba Shane Pickett, Mossenson Galleries, Perth. 2009 - Kambarang Treasures: The Paintings of Shane Pickett, Mossenson Galleries, Perth. 2008 - Gnaalong Moort Koorndaam Koort (Our People’s Dreaming 'Art'), Mossenson Gallery, Subiaco, WA; Art and Healing: The Paintings of Shane Pickett, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne. 2007 - Summer Heat Bunuroo, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne. 2006 - Kaanarn - New Works by Shane Pickett, Indigenart, Perth; Meeyakba - New Works by Shane Pickett, Indigenart, Melbourne; Dreaming Painting: Shane Pickett, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), WA; Shane Pickett, Gravity Discovery Centre, Gingin, WA; Kooralong Moorndaan - Before Creation - New works by Shane Pickett in Paris, Espace Askéo in the Marais, Paris, France. 2005 - Shane Pickett, City of Joondalup NAIDOC Week Artist, Joondalup, Western Australia. 2004 - Colours of My Dreaming, Indigenart, Fremantle, Western Australia; Shane Pickett ‘Water in Dreaming’, Indigenart, Carlton, Victoria. 2003 - In A Different Light, Indigenart, Subiaco, Western Australia; Dusk Infusion, Perth Sheraton Hotel, Perth, Western Australia; Dusk Infusion - Part II, Raintree Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 1996 - Solo Exhibition, Artist in Residence Gallery, Perth, Western Australia. 1979 - Solo Exhibition, Perth. 1977 - Shane Pickett, Bon Marche Arcade, Perth, WA. 1976 - Shane Pickett, Shane Pickett, New Era Aboriginal Centre, Perth, WA. Awards: 2008 - Winner of the 2008 NAIDOC Week Moorjditch Mar-Daa Art Award, Perth. 2008 - People's Choice, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, AGWA, Perth. 2007 - Winner of the Drawing Together Art Award Open Prize. 2006 - Winner, Joondalup Invitation Art Award, City of Joondalup, Western Australia. 2006 - Winner, City of Wanneroo Painting Prize, City of Wanneroo Art Awards, City of Wanneroo Civic Centre, Wanneroo, Western Australia. 2006 - Winner, Inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, Queensland. 2005 - Finalist, Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize, Perth, Western Australia; Finalist, Sir Charles Gairdner Art Prize, Perth, Western Australia; Finalist, City of Perth Art Prize, Perth, Western Australia; Finalist, City of Joondalup Art Award, Joondalup, Western Australia; Finalist Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT; Finalist, Inaugural Beef Expo Art Award, Elmore, Vic; Finalist, Walkom Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, NSW; Finalist, Tattersalls Art Prize, Brisbane, QLD; Highly Commended, Cossack Art Award, Roebourne, WA; Finalist, Banyule Art on Paper Award. Banyule City Council Invanhoe, VIC; Finalist, Canberra Art Prize, Italo Australian Club, Forrest, ACT; Finalist, Bellingen Art Award, Bellingen, NSW. 2004 - Finalist, City of Joondalup Art Award, Joondalup, Western Australia 2001 - Finalist, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory 1999 - Burswood Collection - Commission of works for the refurbishment of Burswood International Resort Casino, Perth, Western Australia 1992 - Finalist, The Ninth National Aboriginal Aart Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT 1990 - Darlington Arts Festival - ‘Landscape Award’ 1989 - Moora Shire Award - ‘Watercolour’ 1988 - Poster for the Octogon Lecturer's Fifth Marcel Crossman Conference, 'Views of the Universe'.; Artist in Residence, Nidga Marr Waagninj Art Studio, Perth. 1987 - Marloo Achievers Pioneer Award. 1986 - Museums and Art Galleries Award [Best painting in European media] National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin.; Western Australian Aboriginal Artist of the Year; Artist in Residence, Mt. Lawley College of Advanced Education, WA. 1984 - Artist in Residence, Aboriginal Advancement Council, Perth. 1981-82 - Set designs with Yibiyung for the Jack Davis plays, 'Kullark' and 'The Dreamers'.
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