Education and early career
It was in 2003 that Paama-Pengally graduated with a Masters of Māori Visual Arts degree with honours from Massey University, Palmerston North. Prior to that she graduated with a diploma in teaching (1989), and a Master of Philosophy in third-world development (2003) also both from Massey University in Palmerston North. Paama-Pengally's undergraduate degree was a degree in social sciences (anthropology). She has also studied te reo Māori through Te Ataarangi.
Her early work was in graphic design and advertising, Paama-Pengally went into teaching and taught art at secondary schools and at tertiary level. During this time in the early 1990s she began her artistic engagement with tā moko (traditional Māori tattoo). At this time it was very unusual for a women to be involved in this art form. She was inspired to get into tā moko by Robert Jahnke and Derek Lardelli. She says in an interview about being captured by the power of tā moko, ''I witnessed someone getting significant moko. I realised it was a powerful way for our community to claim their pride ... reclaiming positive forms of identity. At the time, I had no idea it was going to become such a popular form of identity.''
Career and works
Paama-Pengally was the head of faculty between 2004 and 2007 of Te Toi Whakarei, Art and Visual Culture at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatane. Paama-Pengally has also taught at the Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki and Massey University, Wellington. She established a tattoo studio in Mt Maunganui in 2011 called Art + Body.
Writer Awhina Tamapara says of Paama-Pengally's practice: "Exploring how Māori are portrayed by others (as opposed to how they portray themselves) is a predominant concern of her work. Her paintings are pardoxical – a direct response to the stereotypical, negative images of Māori. In her 'Broke' series, she has explored how Māori are portrayed commercially."
- Writer: A History on Skin – The Art of Ta Moko, Toi Maori Aotearoa, March, 2002
- Author: Maori Art and Design New Holland Press, Auckland, May 2010 ISBN 9781869662448
- Nga Korero Aoteatea – Fifty Maori Artists, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington 1999
- Ta Moko is NOT Tattoo, interactive CD Rom Artpix 3 Houston, USA, 2001
- Tau-Marumaru, Harris Fine Arts Center BYU, Utah USA 2005
- Navigating the Now, Whakatane Museum & Gallery, 26 June-Aug 8 2010
- Roundabout: 108 Artists, Wellington, Israel, 2007–2010
- Taiāwhio : conversations with contemporary Māori artists. Smith, Huhana. Wellington [N.Z.]: Te Papa Press. 2002. ISBN 0-909010-86-2. OCLC 50999083.CS1 maint: others (link)
- "Julie Ta Moko artist". [email protected]. Archived from the original on 18 January 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
- Murray, Justine (6 April 2018). "Taa Moko Sessions: Julie Paama-Pengelly". RNZ. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- Beri, Taryn (27 May 2015). "'Moko artists speak' Interview #1 Julie Paama-Pengelly". Taryn Beri. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- Munro, Bruce (8 June 2015). "Identity etched in ink". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- Morris, Pete (July 2013). "Julie Paama-Pengelly: Artist and Director of Art + Body (2013)". tauranga.kete.net.nz. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
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- Massey University (2003). "Ta moko". Massey University. Archived from the original on November 2006.