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 Â‘Paintings by Warmun Women’ in Canberra. Solo Exhibitions 2000 Â• Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2004 Â• Kaliman Gallery, Sydney Selected Group Exhibitions 1994 Â• 11th National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin Â• Maintaining Family Tradition, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Â• The 2nd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra 1995 Â• Paintings by Warmun Women, Australian Girls Own Gallery, Canberra 1999 Â• Bush Garden, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle Â• East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra Â• Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne Â• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney Â• Japingka Gallery, Fremantle Â• Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin Â• Short Street Gallery, Broome Â• Spirits from an Empty Land, Riverside Studios, London 2000 Â• 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin Â• Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra Â• Bett Gallery, Hobart Â• Contemporary art of Australian Aborigines, Adelhausermuseum, Freiburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) Â• Art of the Aborigines, Leverkusen and Dormagen, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) Â• Limited Edition Prints, Chrysalis Publishing, Melbourne Â• Past Modern, Short Street Gallery, Broome Â• State of My Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney Â• The Collection. Aboriginal Fine Art & Weavings, Gallery Australis, Adelaide Â• Contemporary painting of Australian Aborigines, Städtische Gallery, Traunstein, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) 2001 Â• 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin Â• Beyond Wings, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide Â• The Unseen in Scene, Städtische Gallery Wolfsburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) Â• Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane Â• Ochres, Short Street Gallery, Broome Â• Short on Size, Short Street Gallery, Broome 2002 Â• Art from Australia, Art Association Aschaffenburg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) Â• Easter Show, Bett Gallery, Hobart Â• Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne Â• Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer, Germany Â• Love Your Work, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Â• Span Galleries, Melbourne Â• Thornquest Gallery, Southport Â• Women of the East Kimberley, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide 2003 Â• Garmerrun: All Our Country, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide Â• Big Country. Works from the Flinders University Art Museum collection, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide Â• East Kimberley Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome Â• Masters Exhibition, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs Â• Recent Works in Orchre by Warmun, Framed Gallery, Darwin Â• Six Warmun Women Painting Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs Â• The Moon Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome, (in co-operation with ArtHouse Gallery, Sydney) Â• The World Luxury Cruise Ship, Australasis (in co-operation with Thornquest Gallery, Southport) Â• True Stories. Art of the East Kimberley, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2004 Â• Stadtgalerie Bamberg Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany (in co-operation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Baehr, Speyer) 2005 Â• Best of Warmun, Gadfly Gallery, Perth Â• Waterhole Show 11, Grant Pirrie (in co-operation with Raft Artspace), Sydney Collections Â• Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Â• Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane Â• Artbank, Sydney Â• Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, Perth Â• Broadmeadows Public Hospital, Melbourne Â• Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth Â• FTB Group Collection Â• Harland Collection Â• Harvey Wagner Collection, USA Â• Kaplan Collection, USA Â• Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth Â• National Australia Bank Â• National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Â• Northern Territory University, Darwin Literature Â• Big Country. Works from the Flinders University Art Museum Collection. Flinders University City Gallery (Hrsg.), Adelaide 2003, Aust. Cat., ISBN 072581103X Â• Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren. The Unseen in Scene. Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer, Cultural Department Bayer, Leverkusen, Bayer Australia, Sydney (Hrsg.), Speyer 2000, Aust. Cat., ISBN 3980707202 Â• Meeuwsen, Franca. Aboriginal Kunst, de verhalen vertellen, Zwolle 2000, ISBN 9040095078 Â• The Eighteenth National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Telstra, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (Hrsg.), Darwin 2001, Aust. Cat., ISBN 072454464X Â• The Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award. The Art of Place. Australian Heritage Commission (Hrsg.). Canberra 2000, Aust. Cat. Â• The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture. Kleinert, S. and Neale, M. (Hrsg.). Oxford Univ. Press, Melbourne 2000, ISBN 0195506599 Â• True Stories. Art of the East Kimberley. The Art Gallery of New South Wales (Hrsg.), Sydney 2002, Aust. Broch.
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