Ending 16th Jul, 2024 18:17

Works on Paper

  Lot 35
Lot 35 - Ruby Swinney (South Africa 1992-)


Ruby Swinney (South Africa 1992-)

oil on tracing paper

Artwork date: 2016
Exhibited: SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, 'Nothing Personal', 11 June to 30 July 2016.
Location: Cape Town

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Estimated at R30,000 - R40,000


oil on tracing paper

Artwork date: 2016
Exhibited: SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, 'Nothing Personal', 11 June to 30 July 2016.
Location: Cape Town


125 x 61.5 cm; framed size: 133.5 x 71 x 3.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.


Although she has recently ventured into painting with oil and silk, Ruby Swinney is largely known for her use of oil on tracing paper, beautifully showcased in the impressive Seeker. Inspired by monotype printing she employs a reductive method, painting quickly and intuitively. By thinning the oil to create a fluid, washed effect, she allows the paint to slip and wipe away, imparting a sense of something erased or absent. Drawing from both found and autobiographical material, Swinney blends and reinterprets images through paint, creating scenes that move and blur.

The translucency and luminous quality of her paintings transport viewers to a realm between the spiritual and earthly. By referencing religious iconography such as the crucifixion cross, glowing halos, and altarpiece compositions, Swinney explores human behaviors, forms of consciousness, digital realities, and the philosophy of art. Her works invite viewers to contemplate the intersections of these themes in a mesmerizing dance of light and shadow.

Since graduating from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts in 2015, Swinney has hosted a number of solo shows both locally and internationally including two solo exhibitions with WHATIFTHEWORLD: Hold Still in 2019 and Ignis Fatuus in 2017. In 2018 she held Human Nature at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa (MOCAA). In 2021, she hosted her first international solo exhibition with AKINCI Gallery in Amsterdam, titled The Distance Between Us, followed by another at the same gallery titled Floating World in 2022. Her latest exhibition titled I – is Another was held at the New Normal Projects in London in 2023.

Contemporary Discoveries

Uncover a new generation of artistic voices.


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