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'Kooralong Moorndaan - Before Creation' - New works by Shane Pickett in Paris (2006)

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Published Tuesday, 7 November 2006

The first solo exhibition in Paris of one of Australia's most accomplished contemporary Indigenous artists will open on 1 December at Espace Askéo in the Marais.
The exhibition is being presented by Mary Durack of Paris based Contemporary Aboriginal Art and Indigenart, the Mossenson Gallery from Perth, Western Australia.

Shane Pickett is a Nyoongar (Aboriginal) man from south Western Australia who has, for nearly 30 years, used painting to explore Nyoongar landscape and spirituality. His work merges a bold and at the same time subtle style of gestural abstraction with a deep knowledge and concern for Nyoongar understandings of land and the seasonal cycle.

Shane's works are held in numerous major private and public collections in Australia, Japan, Europe and the USA. He has exhibited throughout Australia, as well as extensively overseas. In 2006 he has won two major Australian art awards: the inaugural Sunshine Coast (Queensland) Art Prize and the Joondalup (Western Australian) Invitation Art Award, confirming his position as one of the contemporary artists most worth watching in Australia. His work was recently recommended for purchase by Australian Art Collector magazine in its annual Smart Art survey.

The awards are the highlights of a superb year for Shane, who has already held three solo exhibitions (including a retrospective at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts). In 2006 he has had works acquired by three major Australian public institutions, the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of Western Australia, and participated in a major commission for the Perth International Arts Festival.

Gary Dufour of the Art Gallery of Western Australia describes his work as:
Versatile and prolific, his highly personal, ethereal landscapes reveal an intimate relationship and understanding of land and country. Pickett's works often tell the untold or concealed histories of the Nyoongar lands that underscore the deep connections, pride and confidence that comes from identity, family and knowledge of place. Inhabiting the spiritual space between what is concealed and revealed, his recent watercolours and a new series of etchings The Six Seasons explore the Nyoongar season cycle. These works create complex visual analogies for the persistence and renaissance of Nyoongar culture throughout the south west. And as he has said, "bring a respect and awareness of Aboriginal culture .. imbued with the spirituality present in Nyoongar values.

Exhibition Kooralong Moorndaan L'ESPACE ASKEO 19 Rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris
2 December 2006 1100 - 1930, 3 December 2006 1300 - 1800
The website of Mary Durack : www.artaborigene.fr

More information about Shane Pickett is available on our site:
Ozartbiogs database
Shane Pickett has won three awards this year (2006)

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