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About This Artist


Born circa 1945, Ruby is a Warlpiri woman who was born at Yuendumu in the Western Desert of Central Australia. She now lives with her husband Paddy at Ti Tree, 200km North of Alice Springs. Ruby is the younger sister of Helen White Napaltjarri who is also an artist and paints using the same technique of very fine individual dots in their paintings.

When questioned about the context of her paintings, Ruby seems reluctant to give too much away, which is not uncommon for many of the artists we represent. When asked who taught her to paint like this she responded "it was my singing, my song". Quite often the information or story contained within a painting is for sharing with initiates only. In traditional aboriginal culture, each person passes through a series of initiations in their lifetime, with each stage meaning greater access to knowledge of dreaming stories and ceremonies. Hence, even an uninitiated aboriginal person will not be told Ĺthe full storyĺ. What we do know about Rubyĺs work is that the consistent theme is ĹMeeting Placeĺ and presents an aerial depiction of waking paths or Ĺtracking linesĺ through her country.