Mabel Juli is renowned for her refined black and white depiction of Garnkiny doo Wardel (Moon and Star), an important Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) story that explores forbidden love, kinship and the origins of our mortality. This beautiful work in typical Mabel Juli style, explains a particular rock formation found in a valley in Warlu, otherwise known as Springvale Station.
Mabel Juli (birth name Wiringgoon) was born c.1933 at Five Mile, south of Warmun in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and moved to Springvale Station as a baby. She left there as a young girl to be with her promised husband and together they moved to different cattle stations for work.
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 1980's at the same time as well known Warmun artists Queenie McKenzie and Madigan Thomas. The women used to watch the great Rover Thomas paint and one day he said to them, 'You should give it a try'. Juli is a dedicated, innovative artist who continues to work in natural earth pigments on canvas.
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of News South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
Kaplan Collection, USA
Foundation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Switzerland
Excerpts from text by and with courtesy of Warmun Art Centre