If I am understanding your question right.... this is one possible solution (probably not the best, but the first one I thought of) You could make a class called "Image.java" that might look something like this.
Then, you could just get an array of images since you made a new class of your own. You might say somewhere in another class :
Somewhere you would have to write the code for what you wanted to do with the images. I am not sure what you wanted to do, but there are a lot of good pieces of code over in the code repository on java ranch and for bigger projects, check out Sourceforge