Abe Muriata

Abe Muriata WAIAA 2013 (50)


Girramay Traditional Owner
Painter, Potter, Weaver and Shield Maker

Abe Muriata is a Girramay man of the Cardwell Range area.

He is a traditional rainforest shield maker creating large wooden shields painted with traditional ochres and designs as well as with contemporary designs and materials. Such shields were once used for sorting out of disputes and for ceremonial purposes.

A self-taught weaver of the lawyer cane jawun, Abe explores different techniques to create finely crafted bicornual baskets unique to the rainforest people. Abe taught himself the weaving technique from watching his grandmother make them when he was a child. He also studies old artefacts in museums created by his ancestors to inspire his individual jawun technique.

Abe is also a painter and a potter.

2013 West Australian Indigenous Art Award Finalist, Art Gallery of West Australia, Perth
2012-3 Gold Coast Art Prize Finalist, Gold Coast City Gallery
2012 Cairns Regional Gallery CIAF exhibition, featured artist
2012 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns Cruise Terminal, Cairns
2011-2 Across Country: 5 Years of Indigenous Aust. Art from the Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2011 CIAF, Cairns Cruise Terminal, Cairns
2011 National Gallery of Australia Opening Exhibition Indigenous Collection, Canberra
2010 Pay Attention. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2010 Pay Attention. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2010 Bicornual Artistry, Solo exhibition at Tineriba Gallery, Hahndorf, South Australia.
2009/10 Featured artist in Bravura: 21st Century Australian Craft and Design, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide
2010 Featured artist in the 2010 Queensland Indigenous Art Diary McCulloch & McCulloch
2009 Featured artist in the 2009 Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA)
2009 DVD Power in Art: Contemporary expressions from leading Indigenous artists of Queensland, Australia;
2009 Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fiber Art, Queensland Art Gallery
2009 Parking Place, a Kick Arts exhibition in Cairns, August
2009 Featured artist in Jettison Wove 2008 exhibition at Artisan, Brisbane. This exhibition then toured Queensland in 2009-2010. As part of the touring program Museums & Gallery Services co-ordinated a series of regional weaving workshops in which Abe participated.
2009 Tutor at Traditional Owner weaving workshop at Mona Mona Mission (Kuranda).
2006 Wabu-Barra: Art from the rainforest exhibition at Townsville Cultural Centre
2006 Artist Residency at Institute of Modern Art, Judith Wright Centre for performing arts, Brisbane, October 2006.
2005 Woven Purpose, An exhibition of weavings by Jumbun, Aurukun and Lockhart River Communities, CQ Gallery, Brisbane.
2005 Jawun,acquired by South Australian Museum.
2005 Jawun 75.5 x 43 x 30cm, acquired for permanent collection at Queensland Art Gallery.