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Mabel Juli / Moon and Star Dreaming (2B)

120cm x 60cm Bush Ochre and on Canvas, 2006

SKU: OLG11753


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Mabel was born c. 1933 at Five Mile, via Moola Bulla Station, East Kimberley Western Australia. She was raised in her mother’s country, Springvale Station.  The family then relocated to Bow River Station where Mabel worked as a young woman. 

Mabel is a highly respected Traditional Kitja Elder and acknowledged as one of the great First Generation Ochre artists.  She began painting in the mid 1980’s along with the late Queenie McKenzie and Madigan Thomas.  Rover Thomas and Jack Britten (both deceased) were already attracting attention with their depictions of the country in ochre, and the women quickly followed, with in-depth Traditional Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) stories to explain their artworks.  Queenie, Mabel and Madigan are renowned strong women, always workers, great organisers and teachers of culture to the young Kitja women.

The content of Mabel’s paintings centres on Springvale (Darrajayn), as does the works of her brother International Artist Rusty Peters.

Mabel has participated in many Exhibitions and was included in the prestigious Australian Heritage Commission Art Award in 1994. In 1995 she was part of the exhibition ‘Paintings by Warmun Women’ in Canberra.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

– Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

– Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

– 11th National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin
– Maintaining Family Tradition, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
– The 2nd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra

– Paintings by Warmun Women, Australian Girls Own Gallery, Canberra

– Bush Garden, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
– East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra
– Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
– Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
– Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin
– Short Street Gallery, Broome
– Spirits from an Empty Land, Riverside Studios, London

– 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin
– Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra
– Bett Gallery, Hobart
– Contemporary art of Australian Aborigines, Adelhausermuseum, Freiburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer)
– Art of the Aborigines, Leverkusen and Dormagen, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer)
– Limited Edition Prints, Chrysalis Publishing, Melbourne
– Past Modern, Short Street Gallery, Broome
– State of My Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
– The Collection. Aboriginal Fine Art & Weavings, Gallery Australis, Adelaide
– Contemporary painting of Australian Aborigines, Städtische Gallery, Traunstein, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer)

– 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin
– Beyond Wings, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
– The Unseen in Scene, Städtische Gallery Wolfsburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer)
– Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

– Art from Australia, Art Association Aschaffenburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer)
– Easter Show, Bett Gallery, Hobart
– Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
– Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer, Germany
– Love Your Work, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
– Span Galleries, Melbourne
– Thornquest Gallery, Southport
– Women of the East Kimberley, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide

– Garmerrun: All Our Country, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
– Masters Exhibition, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
– Recent Works in Orchre by Warmun, Framed Gallery, Darwin
– Six Warmun Women Painting Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
– The Moon Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome, (in co-operation with ArtHouse Gallery, Sydney)
– The World Luxury Cruise Ship, Australasis (in co-operation with Thornquest Gallery, Southport)
– True Stories. Art of the East Kimberley, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

– Stadtgalerie Bamberg Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer)

– Best of Warmun, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
– Waterhole Show 11, Grant Pirrie (in co-operation with Raft Artspace), Sydney

– Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
– Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
– Artbank, Sydney
– Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, Perth
– Broadmeadows Public Hospital, Melbourne
– Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth
– FTB Group Collection
– Harland Collection
– Harvey Wagner Collection, USA
– Kaplan Collection, USA
– Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
– National Australia Bank
– National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
– Northern Territory University, Darwin

This is Yarring Country in Darrajayn (Springvale Station) which is to the south of Warmun (Turkey Creek). In the Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) Karngin, the moon, was a man. One day Karngin came back from hunting kangaroo and saw a girl sitting with her mother. She was very beautiful with long black hair and he fell in love with her. The girl was Dawool, the black headed snake. But in Aboriginal way, she was his mother-in-law and so he wasn’t allowed to marry her.

The people asked him who do you want for your wife? He told them “doyen doyen” (that one, that one) pointing to Darwool, but they said “no she’s your mother-in-law, you must marry one of these promised girls, these nyawana, Darwool’s daughters”. The people then said “you must go away!” He was very angry and hurt, and walked a long way before he sat down and turned into a hill. He cursed the people, telling them that they were going to die, but that he would always live.

As the moon, he comes back to life every month and visits his loved Dawool who is the star.

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