Ruby Djikarra Alderton

Rulyapa (blue) by Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Reduction woodblock on Magnani paper, 29x19,5 cm

In her early 20s, Ruby Djikarra Alderton is an artist and full-time printmaker at the Yirrkala Print Space, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, in Yirrkala. There she not only creates her own work, but also collaborates with established Yirrkala artists.

In April 2012, she undertook a two-week artist residency at The Ownership Project and Alcaston Gallery. Ruby co-managed the Yuta Project, a community based screen-printing workshop in partnership with TOP that engaged young people in Yirrkala in 2012.

Based around Ruby’s traditional water current design, the prints she created during her two-week TOP artist residency represent her first foray into reduction woodblock printing. These prints depict the channel of water that runs between Gutjangan/Bremer Island and the mainland of Yirrkala, Arnhem Land. This body of water holds great meaning to the artist and her family. Using her signature vibrant colours and sensitive patterning, these woodblocks are a stunning triptych.

Ruby's work was selected for the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2012. Her prints have also been exhibited at Harvey Arts Project in Ketchum, Idaho in the United States.


MAR 2014 - Harvey Arts Project, Idaho, USA - selection of Yuta Project screen prints

12 - 22 DEC 2013 - 2013 Retrospective

OCT 2013 - Koskela showroom in Sydney