Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli

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DOB: c1934

Mabel Juli (bush name Wiringgoon) was born at Five Mile near Moola Boola Station (south of Warmun). She was taken as a baby to Springvale Station, her mother's country. She started work on the station as a little girl, and as a young woman moved to Bedford Downs Station and Bow River Station to work. Juli's mother is Mary Peters. Juli is one of seven children - six boys and one girl, Mabel. There are only three of the children alive today: Mabel, Rammel and Rusty. Rusty Peters is alos an accomplished artis working at Jirrawun Arts in Wnydham.

When Mabel was a young girl, she left Springvale Station to be with her promised husband. Together they moved to different cattle stations in the Kimberley, including Bow River and Bedford Downs. Mabel and her husband had six children. Mabel's husband passed away in 1982 when Mabel was 42.

Mabel Juli is a senior Warmun artist. She is a strong Law and Culture woman and is an important ceremonial singer and dancer. Mabel started painting in the 1980s, at the same time as Warmun artists Queenie McKenzie and Madigan Thomas. The women used to watch Rover Thomas paint and one day he said to them, 'You try yourself, you might make good painting yourself.' Mabel says 'I started thinking about my country, I give it a try.'

Mabel is a dedicated, innovative artist who continues to work natural earth pigments on canvas. she primarily paints the Ngarrankarni (Dreaming) stories of her darrajayin (also spelt Tarrajayin), which is covered largely by Springvale Station.

Artist Statement 2004:

I started painting when the old girl (Queenie McKenzie) was here - she was the one who taught me to paint. She told me 'you try that painting' and I started to paint. I was doing that Karrngin (Moon Dreaming), that's the painting I started with because mother and father told me the Ngarrankarrni (Dreamtime) story. I was reminded of all those stories from my mum and dad - like Glingennayn Hill and the Old Woman Singing Out For Her Dog. Those came from my country. They used to take me out bush when I was a little girl - good size - and they told me all stories. And I always remember those stories. I got 'em in my brain.


2007 Short Street Gallery at Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2002 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic


2007 Ngarrangkarni & Bible Stories, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2007 Warda-Wurrarem (All kinds of stars) Raft Art Space, Darwin, NT
2007 Warmun snapshot, Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT
2007 Grettings from Turkey Creek, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
2007 Warmun Artists In New York, Ralph Pucci Gallery, New York, USA
2007 From the Bungalow II: Kimberley & the Top End, Johnston Gallery, Perth, WA
2006 Bungles Bungles, Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2006 Patrick Mung Mung & Mabel Juli, Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2006 Warum Art Centre Presents, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Best of Warmun, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2005 Waterhole Show 11, Grant Pirrie in association with Raft Artspace, Sydney, NSW
2004 Die Inneren und die Ausseren Dinge, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Germany
2003 Masters Exhibition, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2003 Recent Works in Ochre by Warmun, Framed Gallery Darwin, NT
2003 Ochre Works by 6 Warmun women, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2003 East Kimberley Easter Show, Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2003 The Moon Show, Short st. Gallery @ Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 The World, Indigenous art exhibition in conjunction with Thornquest Gallery, QLD
2002 Love Your Work, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
2002 Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2002 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2002 Coomalie Culture Centre, Bachelor, NT
2002 Women of the East Kimberley, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
2002 Bett Gallery, Easter Show, Hobart, Tas
2002 Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2002 Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
2001 Short on Size, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2001 Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren (The Unseen in the Seen), Stadtische Galerie .
Wolfsburg, Germany
2001 Past Modern, Short St. Gallery in Sydney, NSW
2001 Ochre Show, Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2001 Beyond Wings, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
2001 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2000 State of My Country, Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
2000 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA.
2000 Ben Grady Gallery, Canberrra, ACT
2000 Bett Gallery Hobart, Tas
2000 Chrysalis Publishing, Limited Edition Prints, Melbourne, Vic
2000 Hogarth Galleries, Paddinton, Sydney, NSW
2000 Kunst der Aborigines, Leverkusen und Dormagen, Germany
2000 BlickDicht: An- und Einblicke. Zeitgenossische Adelhausermuseum, Freiburg, .
2000 Traumpfade: Zeitgenossische Malerei Australischer Aborigines, Stadtische .
Galerie, Traunstein, Germany
2000 Melbourne Art Fair (Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi & Chrysalis Publishing)
2000 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Darwin, NT
1999 Hale School Annual Art Exhibition, Perth, WA
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
1999 Bush Garden: Desert Designs Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
1999 Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin, NT
1999 East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra, WA
1999 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Perth, WA
1999 Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
1999 Spirits from an Empty Land, Riverside Studios, London
1995 Paintings by Warmun Women, Australian Girls Own Gallery, Kingston, Canberra, ACT
1994 Maintaining Family Tradition, International Year of the Family Conference,
Adelaide Festival Centre, S.A.
1994 Australian Heritage Commssion National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
1994 The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT


Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of Queensland
National Gallery of Victoria
Edith Cowan University Art Collection
Kerry Stokes Collection
Berndt Museum of Anthropology
Northern Territory University Collection
National Australia Bank
Broadmeadows Health Service Collection, Melbourne
Springvale Station
Harvey Wagner Collection, USA
Kaplan Collection, USA
FTB Group Collection
Hartland Collection

2003 The Centenary Medal for Service to the Arts, awarded by the Minister's Office