Summary

This artefact was painted by renowned artist Jimmy Pike, (c.1940 - 2002), a Walmajarri man who grew up in a semi-nomadic family group in the Great Sandy Desert. Young Jimmy Pike was named after the eponymous jockey of the same name, by a European working in the pastoral industry (he rode Phar Lap for 27 wins.) Born well after Phar Lap's death, Jimmy knew little of the jockey and Phar Lap until recent years when he took an interest in them. He painted this image of Phar lap in 2000, shortly before his death.

Description of Content

Small rectangular unframed acrylic painting of Phar Lap, in a naive style, against a background of the Kimberley Ranges.

Physical Description

Rectangular piece of artist board, with an ancrylic artwork painted on one side.

Significance

This artwork was painted by renowned artist Jimmy Pike, (c.1940 - 2002), a Walmajarri man who grew up in a semi-nomadic family group in the Great Sandy Desert. When young, Jimmy Pike was named after the legendary jockey, who rode Phar Lap to 27 wins, by a European working in the pastoral industry.

Born well after Phar Lap's death, Jimmy knew little of the jockey and of Phar Lap until the later years of his life, when he took a great interest in them both. He painted this interpretation of the Phar Lap legend in a naïve style, shortly before his death, placing the horse against the landscape of his Western Australian home in the Kimberleys.

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