Artist | Deborah Murray
Jirrbal Traditional Owner
Deborah Murray is a Jirrbal woman of the Davidson Falls Area. She is based in the Jumbun Aboriginal Community of the Murray Upper area, North-West of Cardwell, Queensland.
Deborah is an experienced painter and master traditional weaver of Mindi grass baskets and Jawun bi-cornual baskets. Featuring in multiple shapes and sizes, each individual basket is delicate and shaped with precision. Deborah was taught to weave by her Mother, Desley Henry, a widely recognised and esteemed Jawun weaver. These traditional processes and skills have been passed on to each generation, preserving important family and cultural knowledge.
As a painter, her strikingly distinct style typically features land and sea animals and block colours. Deborah and Desley’s work has been featured both within Australia and Internationally. In 2019, Deborah received acclaim as the recipient of The Cairns Airport Innovation Award (Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, CIAF). She has also received the Highly Commended, Group Installation, 4th Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Award (Tyto Regional Gallery).