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Artist Biography

1968

Craig Ruddy is renowned for his dramatic figurative portraits that are often interwoven into richly textured abstracted landscapes. Born in Sydney in 1968, Ruddy was one of the youngest students to be accepted into Sydney’s Randwick Design College where he studied design and fashion illustration. He worked as an art director and designer for advertising and marketing agencies and later as a set designer creating events for major Australian corporations.

Despite his successful and lucrative career, Ruddy’s passion for painting prompted him to break away and start his life as an artist in earnest. In early 2004, Ruddy painted the portrait ‘Two Worlds’ of Aboriginal acting legend David Gulpilil winning the 2004 Archibald Prize – a major turning point in his career that catapulted him into the international art scene as the portrait is considered one of the most iconic and recognized paintings in Australia. Ruddy’s work reflects a deeply personal ongoing spiritual journey, where he explored questions of social conscience as well as current environmental issues. The recognition of Australian Indigenous People and Culture is also a core theme that has permeated the narrative of his past work and exhibitions. Ruddy has had solo exhibitions in Sydney and London and his works are held in private and corporate collections both in Australia and overseas.
2014 Melbourne Art Fair – Gallery One
2013 New works – Gallery One, Queensland
2013 New works – Richard Martin, Sydney
2012 New works – Gallery One, Queensland
2012 Melbourne Art Fair – 1st to 5th August Body of work: “…and they have escaped the weight of darkness”.
2011 Imago II”, Richard Martin Art, Sydney One Egg, One World” Charity Event, Melbourne
2010 “Summer Exhibition”, Richard Martin Art, Sydney Exhibition “Imago I”, Gallery One, Qld Archibald Prize AGNSW, Sydney
2010 Group Exhibition – “Matt, Dive, Gold” Smith & Hall Gallery, Sydney
2009 Solo Exhibition – ‘Levitação/Levitation’ Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2008 Solo Exhibition – ‘New Works’ Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2007 Solo Exhibition – ‘Polar’, Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2006 Solo Exhibition – ‘Remnants of an Urban Landscape’ Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2006 Art Sydney 06 – Featured artist Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2006 Archibald Prize – AGNSW, Sydney
2006 Solo Exhibition – London UK
2004 Archibald Prize – AGNSW, Sydney
2004 Solo exhibition – Graphis Art Gallery, Sydney
2004 Group exhibition – Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2003 Solo exhibition – Graphis Art Gallery, Sydney
2002 Solo exhibition – Sydney Fringe Festival
2011 Finalist – Archibald Prize AGNSW – Portrait of Cathy Freeman
2010 Winner, The People’s Choice – Archibald Prize AGNSW – “Prince of Darkness” Portrait of Warwick Thornton
2010 Finalist – Archibald Prize AGNSW – “Prince of Darkness” Portrait of Warwick Thornton
2006 Finalist – Archibald Prize AGNSW – Self Portrait
2004 Winner – Archibald Prize AGNSW – “Two Worlds” Portrait of David Gulpilil
2004 Winner – People’s Choice (Archibald Prize) Melbourne – “Two Worlds” Portrait of David Gulpilil
2004 Winner – People’s Choice (Archibald Prize) AGNSW – “Two Worlds” Portrait of David Gulpilil
2003 Finalist – Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery – Self Portrait