Balladong, Western Australia

Group Nyoongar

Born 1957, Quairading, Western Australia.

Died 2010, Perth, Western Australia.

Born in Quairading (Ballardung Country) in the south-west of Western Australia, Shane 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 resonated with a profound but subtle immediacy. Balancing innovation with tradition, modernity with an ancient spirituality, they were complex visual metaphors for the persistence of Nyoongar culture against the colonising tide of modernity. Shane was selected as a finalist in numerous major art prizes including the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and in 2006 he was awarded first prizes at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and Joondalup Invitation Art Award. In 2007, Shane Pickett was awarded first prize in the Inaugural Drawing Together Art Award. He has exhibited in every state and territory in Australia, and his works are held in major private and public collections across the country.


Art Gallery of Western Australia
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria
National Museum of Australia
Western Australian Museum
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
Australian Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Banyule City Council Collection, Victoria
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia
BHP Collection, Western Australia
Burswood Collection, Western Australia
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory
City of Canning Collection, Western Australia
City of Fremantle Collection, Western Australia
City of Joondalup Collection, Western Australia
City of Perth Collection, Western Australia
City of Wanneroo Collection, Western Australia
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Canberra
Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Fiona Stanley Hospital Collection, Western Australia
Flinders University Art Collection, Adelaide, South Australia
Holmes a Court Collection, Western Australia
King Edward Memorial Hospital, Western Australia
Murdoch University Art Collection, Western Australia
Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection, Greensborough, Victoria
Rockhampton City Art Gallery, Rockhampton
Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia
Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital Collection, Western Australia
Subiaco Museum, Subiaco, Western Australia
Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria
Woodside Energy Ltd. Collection, Western Australia
University of Western Sydney Collection, New South Wales
Artbank Collection
Perth Arena, Western Australia

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