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Ruth Julius, White Gum

Ruth Julius, White Gums

The Artist

Very little is known of Ruth Julius which is surprising. Born in Sydney, Ruth is the daughter of cartoonist and graphic designer Harry Julius (who patented animated cartoons for the cinema according to William Moore). She studied at the East Sydney technical College and the Workshop Art Centre. Ruth exhibitied her work widely throughout Australia and has worked with nine printmakers since 1972. Her works are represented in a number of national institutions and she has won a number of major art prizes including the Wynne Prize in 1975 for 'White Gums'.

White Gum

The Work of Art

The work of Art, White Gum is an interesting work of art as it is a composite work of a collage with a silkcreen serigraph print (edition 5 of 20).  The work was completed in 1976 and acquired by the University of Canberra (then, Advanced College of Education) very shortly after. Though only a small work, it was originally placed in the reception area of Building 5 as it was thought that the bright bold colours would dominate the reception space. The white gumtree dominates the composition in the foreground and the orange background provides a sense of danger from bushfires.