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Kingfisher Linen Tea towel by Ethel Murray

Hand screen printed in water based inks onto natural European linen. 

Girramay artist Ethel Murray, this tea towel features the beautiful jewel of the rainforest – the kingfisher. 

She say, “I like painting a lot of birds – I picked him out, the kingfisher, because he is short and round and it’s like he has a cap on.  I see him there at home on the power line with two or three others – they must be his family – they are there all the time in the mornings and afternoon.  Mostly they are there watching our lawn for our insects.  He mostly hunts alone – he likes being by himself.”

Name: Ethel Murray

Language: Girramay


Ethel Murray is a Girramay woman, based in Cardwell, North Queensland. 

She is an award winning painter and ceramicist, creating one of a kind Bigin bowls and Bagu sculptures. As a contemporary artist, Ethel’s work is bright, fresh and reflects her vibrant environment. Despite her modern style, Ethel pays homage to her roots, often opting for a traditional colour palette. With a love for Native wildlife, Ethel’s work frequently features birds and other animals - becoming her trademark style. Her work showcases her immense talent and exquisite eye for design.  

Ethel has honourably received The Cairns Airport Innovation Award (Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, CIAF 2019) and The Strand of Ephemera (Townsville Artistic Excellence Award).

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