Of one substance: Painting and Place - Art Collector

Pijaji Peter Skipper, Jila Japirnka, 1990. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 198 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist, Duncan Kentish and Greer Adams Fine Art

By Emily Cones-Browne

Works by Pijaji Peter Skipper from the collection of the late Duncan Kentish will be exhibited at The Depot Gallery at 2 Danks Street, Waterloo from 25 to 29 August 2015.

Presented by Greer Adams Fine Art, the solo exhibition of the late Western Australian Indigenous artist’s works (c.1925-2007) showcases historically significant painting – some of which are the earliest large-scale canvases to be produced by Pijaji between 1987 to 1990. Also on show are the artists’ first country paintings of Jila Japirnka of which he became known for.

Pijaji was also one of the key individuals who was involved with the Ngurrara canvases that were produced in the mid 1990s and were used in the historical native title claim.

Prior to joining the Aboriginal art centre Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in the early 1990s, Pijaji worked with his art agent Duncan Kentish of whom the collection belongs to. Kentish was known for working with the likes of other esteemed artists like Jananggoo Butcher Cherel and Jarinyanu David Downs.

The exhibited artworks have been in private hands for over 25 years, making the exhibition a rare opportunity to view this historically significant collection.

here for more information on the exhibition.

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