Mabel Juli

From Warmun Community. SubsectionSkin: Nyawurru. Language: Gija
Born: Five Mile, c 1933


Mabel Juli is a senior Warmun artist. She is a strong Law and Culture woman and an important ceremonial singer and dancer. Juli started painting in the 1980s, at the same time as well-known 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'. Juli says, 'I started thinking about my country, I give it a try'.

Juli is a dedicated, innovative artist who continues to work in natural earth pigments on canvas. She primarily paints the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories of her country Darrajayin (also spelt Tarrajayan), which is covered largely by Springvale Station.