Debra Murray (Girringun) 'Water Story'

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Debra Murray 'Water Story' 2011
Screen print on Velin Arches 300 GSM  paper
Edition of 20, 2011
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking
Collaborative printer: Bobbie Ruben
Editioning printer: Editions Tremblay - Theo Tremblay, Paloma Ramos, Bobbie Ruben, Brooke Foster, Justin Majid

Image size: 200 x 280mm

Paper size: 405 x 460mm

Artist: Debra Murray
Region: Murray Upper, Far North Queensland
Language: Girramay/Jirrbal

Artist bio: Debra Murray is a Girramay/Jirrbal woman of the Murray Upper area north west of Cardwell.

Debra is new to painting and printmaking but has embraced them with enthusiasm and an eye for traditional colours and design.

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, based in Cardwell, represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulgnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people.

The traditional country of these groups covers some 25,000 square kilometres, from north of Townsville, south-west to Clarke River, north to the Mission Beach area, west to Ravenshoe and east to include Hinchinbrook and the Family Group Islands.

Djumbunji Press, through collaborative printer Bobbie Ruben, delivered workshops in screen printing at the Girringun Art Centre as a means of providing practical support to the artists after many suffered devastating losses as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi. The resultant exhibition, Gijalordi, explores the local Kingfisher story. 

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