Aboriginal artist, Mabel Juli is a respected elder in Warmun, a
community in the east Kimberley region of north Western Australia. She was born at Five Mile, near Moola Boola station and was taken as a baby to Sprinvale station, her mothers country. She started work on the station as a little girl, and as a young woman moved to Bedford Downs and Bow River stations for work.
She started painting in the 1980’s at the same time as other well known Warmun artists Queen McKenzie and Madigan Thomas.
She is a dedicated and innovative artist, best known for her work with
acrylic paint on canvas, ochre painting and ochre drawing.
Her subjects and themes concern women – hills representing breasts and milk from around the Louisa Downs area south-west of Turkey Creek.
Juli has been short-listed in a number of prestigious exhibitions,
including the Australian Heritage Commission Art Award in 1994. In 1995 she was part of the exhibition ‘Paintings by Warmun Women’ in the Canberra-based Australian Girls Own Gallery.
Her work is represented in several prestigous Australian collections.
Subject & Themes
Women, hills symbolising breasts and milk; Louisa Downs area south west of Turkey Creek.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Northern Territory University Art Collection, Western Australia
Kerry Stokes Collection, Western Australia
1994 The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1994 Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
1995 Paintings by Warmun Women, Australian Girls Own Gallery, Kingston.
2000 Solo Show. Gabriella Pizzi Gallery, Melbourne.