Yorgum would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk people from the Nyoongar nation who are the traditional owners/custodians of this land we are on today, and we pay our respects to Elders, past and present.
Yorgum wishes to acknowledge and pay special tribute to the many Elders that have made significant contributions over the years to their people and communities. Yorgum also wishes to recognise and thank the original founders of the Corporation. Sadly, some of those Traditional Owners have passed away. Current and future generations of Traditional Owners will always be grateful for the foundations that were laid by all of the original founders.
Shane Pickett was born in 1957 in Quairading, Western Australia and passed away on 15 January 2010 in Perth. He was one of the foremost Nyoongar artists. Combining his deep knowledge and concern for Nyoongar culture with a confident and individual style of gestural abstraction, Pickett created paintings that resonated with a profound but subtle immediacy. Balancing innovation with tradition, modernity with an ancient spirituality, Pickett created a complex visual metaphor for the persistence of Nyoongar culture against the colonising tide of modernity. During his career, Pickett was selected as a finalist in numerous major art prizes including the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for which he won the 'Best Painting in a European Medium' category prize in 1986. In 2006 he was awarded first prizes at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and the Joondalup Invitation Art Award, and in 2007 he was awarded the major prize at the inaugural Drawing Together Art Award. He has exhibited in every state and territory in Australia, as well as in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. His works are held in major private and public collections throughout Australia and internationally.
Shane's painting is very special to us here at Yorgum.