Marlene was born in Kununurra, East Kimberley Western Australia on 8th November 1975. She resides at Warmun Community with her family. Marlene was educated at Warmun and then Broome, is an extremely well spoken lady and has been painting since 1997. Prior to having her own family (three boys and a girl) she worked at the Warmun Child Care Centre and Pensioner unit.
Marlene comes from a painting family her mother is Mabel Juli, one of the best known Senior Ochre artists and her uncle was the renowned Hector Jandany (dcsd.). Marlene’s content of her artwork is her mother’s country (Darragyn) Springvale, and her deceased father’s country just over the Northern Territory Border. She admits she does not know her father’s country quite as well as Mabel’s, but his stories have been passed down to her by her paternal grandparents.
She has participated in Group Shows with the best of the Warmun artists is a thinking, naturally talented artist whose works are sort after by collectors both in Australia and overseas. She is without a doubt one of the shining lights of the third generation of ochre artists of the Kimberley.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Short on Size, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
Thornquest Gallery, Southport, QLD
Coomalie Culture Centre, Bachelor, NT
Thornquest Gallery, Southport, NT
Garmerrun: All Our Country, Flinders University Art Museum, SA
Big Country. Works from the Flinders University Art Museum collection, Flinders University Gallery, SA
East Kimberley Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome
Six Warmun Women Painting Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
The World Luxury Cruise Ship, Australasis (in conjunction with Thornquest Gallery, Southport)
Bamberg, Germany (in conjunction with Aboriginal Art Gallery Bähr, Speyer)
Hogarth Gallery, NSW
Melbourne Art Fair (in conjunction with Alcaston Gallery), Melbourne, VIC
Ochre Group Show, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
Young Artists from Warmun, Alcaston Gallery, VIC
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Kaplan Collection, USA
Private and Corporate Collections Worldwide
Big Country. Works from the Flinders University Art Museum collection. Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide 2003, Aust. Cat., ISBN 072581103X