Ruth Graham is an artist and writer living and working in Adelaide. Her work has been appreciated in many Australian states as well as internationally. She won the Gomboc Sculpture Prize in Western Australia in 1993 and sold a major work to the Western Australian State Gallery that year and went on to exhibit widely, teaching textiles, drawing and print making in community and Indigenous art centres in the central and western deserts, cities and towns. Ruth Graham has a Diploma in Art and Design from the famous WA Claremont School of Art where she studied and exhibited with John Tarry, Tony Jones, Richard Merrito and Stuart Elliot among others.
Her background in sculpture lead her to learn basket making techniques from Nalda Searles and develop the techniques at Edith Cowan University then taking her skills and experience to many desert communities via Waltja Palyapayi Tjutangku in support of bridging the gap in indigenous disadvantage projects. Ruth went on to studies in honours at Uni SA visual arts department and eventually a social work degree through Charles Darwin University. Studies in art and social work along with many multicultural experiences and consequent work in disabilities make Ruth Graham a dynamic political activist who advocates for human rights with an emphasis on truth and justice values that are hard to fault if the audience is willing to engage honestly with the issues she presents.
Ruth is currently working on paintings and sculptures that have broken away from her roots in textiles and multi-media with grasses and other fibres. Lately her paintings in acrylic can be viewed and purchased at Tineriba Tribal Arts in Main Street Harndorf or sculptures remaining from her expansive textile work are still available through Erima Gallasch at Kintolai Gallery Sturt Street Adelaide. She demonstrates influences from Frank Auerbach to shamanism and is pushing the boundaries in our expectations on many political fronts in ways that are undeniably intriguing to witness over the years and will do for many years to come.