Maudie Jerrold

Yinjaa Barni Artists

Yindjibarndi elder and founding member of one of the region’s first art groups, Bujinhurrba, Maudie Jerrold is part of the backbone of Pilbara Aboriginal art. Born in Hooley Creek near Wittenoom, and raised in the coastal town of Roebourne, Maudie has witnessed and helped guide her community through dramatic lifestyle changes. Maudie’s art relates to the landscapes of the Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma country of the Pilbara, paying specific attention to the flora of the area and often depicting plants or flowers that have medicinal or ceremonial purpose. Her colourful and intricately patterned work communicates elements of the Yindjibarndi country. Maudie was selected to visit Italy as part of the ‘Antica Terra Pulsante’ Pilbara exhibition in Florence in 2006. In 2007 she became a member Yinjaa-Barni Art, bringing to the group her knowledge of culture and her experience in painting. Since being with Yinjaa-Barni Art, Maudie has been an inspiration to the younger members who watch how she uses her colours and puts her designs to canvas. Her work is very popular in our gallery and she is represented in both public and private collections in Australia and overseas and has won a prize at the Cossack Art Awards. Maudie regularly exhibits at the Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney and the Japingka Gallery in Fremantle.