Aboriginal artwork on display in Sydney.
Mabel Juli is one of several talented Indigenous artists featured in Joorob, an exhibition of modern Aboriginal art currently showing in Sydney. Juli, 86, of the Gija people, began painting when she was encouraged by esteemed Aboriginal artist Queenie McKenzie back in the 1980s to pick up a paintbrush alongside her brother and fellow artist, Rusty Peters. Her favourite subjects are the Dreaming, the moon, dingoes and Darrajayin (Springvale), the country where she grew up. She predominantly uses ochre, charcoal and mawundu (white ochre) in her artwork.
Jooroob, which means ‘coming together’ is showcasing the extraordinary work of the East Kimberley’s two iconic art movements: Jirrawun Arts and Warmun Arts. The East Kimberley is the northernmost region of WA and is home to many successful Indigenous art-making communities and art centres – partly due to the awe-inspiring landscapes of this region.
Gallery owner Nichola Dare says the artworks currently on display were simply stunning and include works by Juli, Freddie Timms, Rammey Ramsey among others. “I am truly excited to be able to share these works with you and hope you love these significant Aboriginal paintings as much as I do.”
Jooroob is at the Aboriginal Contemporary gallery, 254 Bronte Road, Waverley until November 14.
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