Debra Murray is a Girramay/Jirrbal woman of the Murray Upper area north west of Cardwell.
Debra is new to painting and printmaking but has embraced them with enthusiasm and an eye for traditional colours and design.
The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, based in Cardwell, represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulgnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people.
The traditional country of these groups covers some 25,000 square kilometres, from north of Townsville, south-west to Clarke River, north to the Mission Beach area, west to Ravenshoe and east to include Hinchinbrook and the Family Group Islands.
Djumbunji Press, through collaborative printer Bobbie Ruben, delivered workshops in screen printing at the Girringun Art Centre as a means of providing practical support to the artists after many suffered devastating losses as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi. The resultant exhibition, Gijalordi, explores the local Kingfisher story.
2009 Murray Upper and Beyond, Girringun Art Centre, Cardwell Qld.
2010 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award, Darwin NT
2010 Girringun, Gallerysmith, Melbourne Vic.
2010 Girringun at Hinchinbrook, Hinchinbrook Gallery, Ingham Qld.
2011 Bunyaydinyu Bagu, Susanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane Qld.
2011 Water Story,Gijalordi, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns Qld.
2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns Qld.
2011 Bagu on the Strand, Artistic Excellence Award, Strand Ephemera, Townsville Qld.
2011 Queensland Rail Brisbane to Cairns Tilt Train, Qld