1989/0252 Grandfather and grandson

Grandfather and grandson

Artist

Jimmy PIKE
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1940
 in
Japingka, south of Fitzroy Crossing, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
03 Nov 2002
 in
Derby, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Grandfather and grandson
Date
1989
Medium/Material
multi-colour screen-print
Dimensions
68.1 x 84.9cm (sheet)51.4 x 61.4cm (image - irregular) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0252
Currently not on display

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Artist statementThe grandfather starved the grandson for food. Every morning he went collecting yams and kept the good ones for himself and gave rubbish to his grandson. When the grandson went hunting he brought back goanna, bandicoot, snake and give them to his grandfather. One day the grandson went hunting and heard a nyirrin-nyirrin (cicada), he pulled up some grass and up shot water. He returned home and straight away big clouds came. The old man asked him what he had done. The grandson told him that he had been digging a waterhole so rain could come. They built a rock shelter but the old man told his grandson to lie outside and the big rain poured down all night. While the grandfather slept the young man grabbed the firestick and hid it in a rockhole in a cave. (O'Ferrall, Jimmy Pike - Desert Designs, 1995)

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