Griff Rhys Jones models for Survival

July 29, 2011

Griff Rhys Jones modelling Jimmy Pike T-shirt for Survival © Survival

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Comedian, actor, presenter and author Griff Rhys Jones models Survival’s new T-shirt by internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike, saying, ‘I am delighted to support Survival and their urgent work for threatened tribal peoples’.

The design, titled ‘Jilji-desert sandhills’, captures the essence of the Australian landscape with its sinuous lines and bold color.

Jimmy Pike (1940-2002) was one of the Walmajarri people, one of the last Aboriginal groups to make contact with white Australians. He gained national and international recognition through the ‘Desert Designs’ range. His paintings and limited edition prints are keenly sought by collectors and his works are hung in major Australian and international galleries.

Pike’s work is rich in spirituality, emphasizing his desire to preserve the traditional stories, symbols and beliefs of his people.

Griff said, ‘I knew and met Jimmy Pike and we even went hunter-gathering together for samphire along the sea wall when he came to stay with me in Suffolk’.

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