• 9. The Hunter, 2016 (9/10)
  • 9. The Hunter, 2016 (9/10)

Ruby Djikarra Alderton

9. The Hunter, 2016 (9/10)

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"This print has three photos within it. Each photo is of the same person walking alongside mangroves looking for anything to catch, crabs, stingrays or fish, at low tide. The same three photos also represent different times during a day of hunting. At the bottom of the print is my mother’s clans’ design for water. I didn't want the water to be too obvious so I chose silver as the colour to print the water in."

Printed as part of the Yuta Project 2012 with The Ownership Project, Sean Smith. This is a 2nd edition printed in 2013.

    • Screenprint on FABRIANO paper
    • Dimensions: 31 x 21cm artwork on 50 x 35cm paper
    • Cat No. 372-16-9/10


Homeland: Yirrkala
Clan: Gumatj
Moiety: Yirritja

"I am the daughter of Banduk Marika and the grand daughter of Mawalan Marika (1). There has always been alot of influence from this side of the family when it comes to art, especially as most of the family are or have been known for their traditional art. I grew up outside of this community in Darwin and in Newcastle so I’ve also had a lot of western influence. I enjoy working with my mother painting and helping her with her prints. It’s only been fairly recent that I started doing my own works."

Ruby Alderton is the youngest daughter of award winning artist Banduk Marika. At just 18 she is developing her strong talent for printmaking and has recently begun painting on bark. She was chosen to curate the exhibition Three in company with Jenny Fraser and Shauna Tilmouth at the Chan Contemporary Art Space in July 2012. In the same year she was chosen as a finalist in both the Telstra NATSIAA and Print Council Awards.

In 2013 she had her daughter Ellen and returned to work as a printmaker at Buku-Larrnggay.


Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community controlled art centre of Northeast Arnhem Land. Located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community on the northeastern tip of the Top End of the Northern Territory, approximately 700km east of Darwin. The primarily Yolŋu (Aboriginal) staff of around twenty services Yirrkala and the approximately twenty-five homeland centres in the radius of 200km.

In the 1960’s, Narritjin Maymuru set up his own beachfront gallery from which he sold art that now graces many major museums and private collections. He is counted among the art centre’s main inspirations and founders, and his picture hangs in the museum. His vision of Yolŋu-owned business to sell Yolŋu art that started with a shelter on a beach has now grown into a thriving business that exhibits and sells globally.

Today Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre consists of two divisions; the Yirrkala Art Centre which represents Yolŋu artists exhibiting and selling contemporary art and The Mulka Project which acts as a digital production studio and archiving centre incorporating the museum.

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