Mabel Juli was born circa 1933 at Five Mile, near Moola Boola Station south of Warmun, Western Australia and her language is Gija. As a young woman, she moved to Springvale Station, Bow River Station and Bedford Downs. Juli is the sister of Rusty Peters who is also an accomplished artist working at Jirrawun Arts in Wyndham.
Mabel Juli is a senior Warmun artist; she is a strong Lore and Culture woman and an important ceremonial singer and dancer. Juli started painting in the mid 1980s, at the same time as well-known Warmun artists Queenie McKenzie who taught her to paint and Madigan Thomas. These female artists were encouraged to paint by Rover Thomas. Juli is a dedicated, innovative artist who continues to paint using earth pigments on canvas. She primarily paints the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories of her country Darrajayin, which is also covered largely by Springvale Station. As a young girl, Mabel Juli’s mother and father would often take her to their traditional lands; it was here that they taught her their stories Karnkiny (Moon Dreaming), Glingennayn and Old Woman Singing Out for Her Dog (Marranji and Jiyirinny) that also feature in her work.
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