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Ruby Daniels Nangala

DOB: 8 July 1961
LANGUAGE GROUP: Luritja and Larijara
COMMUNITY: Kultukatjara, Northern Territory

Ruby is from Kultukatjara (Docker River), located 670kms southwest of Alice Springs. Her impressive artistic pedigree includes her mother, artist Linda Yunkata Syddick Napaltjarri, who was one of many Western Desert women who took up painting in the early 1990s as part of the the emerging contemporary Indigenous Australian Art movement.


Ruby has been painting since 1996, and is proud to promote her culture through her artwork that was taught to her by her grandparents and mother. She has had sell-out exhibitions with the Maruku Art Centre at Yulara, Uluru – winning the Maruku Art Centre's Art Award prize in 2006. Ruby paints in a narrative style that passes on the Dreamings of her mother's country, and her unique style blends traditional dot work with contemporary patterning. 

Ruby's paintings of her one of her mother's Dreamings feature a Windmill, representing first contact. This story pertains to the first time her people saw a windmill which they believed to be a 'monster', and at which spears were thrown. Her Dreamings also include Bush Tucker Dreaming and The Seven Sisters.

Ruby Daniels painting

Title: My Mother's Dreaming

Artist: Ruby Daniels Nangala

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2017

Size: 150cm x 90cm approximately

Catalogue number: RD085/HAA

Price: $6,000.00

Provenance: Private Collection

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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