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An vibrant Aboriginal artwork titled "Water Dreaming" by Ruby Nakamarra Collins (c1947-Deceased). This comes with a certificate of authenticity.

It is on loose canvas and the artwork not including the border measures 94cm x 64.5cm.

Another work by Ruby 'Basin Theology / Top Drop' sold at Tajan 'Contemporary Art' in 2015 for $45,810.

Ruby Nakamarra Collins was born 300 km north-west of Yuendumu at a place called the Granites which is where the Gold Mine is situated today. At this time there was no mine and when she was little her parents, who would take her out bush showing her sites and teaching her the traditional ways of her country.

Ruby moved to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia, with her mother and father when she was still a very young girl.

Ruby painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, from 2003 – 2007. She painted her jukurrpa stories, dreamings that related directly to her land, its features and animals.

The main subjects that she painted were Water, Seed and Bush Tucker Dreamings that had been passed down to her by her father and his father’s fathers for millennia.

She married her promised husband at 18 and has four children and many grandchildren. When she wasn’t painting or looking after her many grandchildren Ruby loved to go hunting as often as possible for bush tucker with other women in the areas surrounding Yuendumu and also dancing at traditional ceremonies whenever possible.

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