LIVES AND WORKS BETWEEN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA & THE POCKET , NSW AUSTRALIA
Craig Ruddy's career has been marked by a restless search to understand our place within the vastness of the landscape. Ruddy's ability to create works of great passion that work on multiple aesthetic levels is renowned both in Australia and overseas. His evocative paintings delve into an ethereal world of beauty and desire.
"TWO WORLDS" WINS THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE
Ruddy has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery NSW, most notably winning both the Archibald and the People's Choice Prizes in 2004 with the monumental painting of David Gulpilil "Two World's". This seminal portrait was controversial but profoundly important for Australia with it's timely message about indigenous recognition and reconciliation. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential paintings of that decade. He again won People's Choice Prize in the 2010 Archibald Prize with his painting of writer/director Warwick Thornton.
Ruddy acknowledges the Indigenous Australian's that continue to remain invisible. These new portraits depict the faces of the nameless, the unknown, the survivors. The works aim to represent the voices that have gone unheard as well as those still present that are continuing to fight for their human rights. It is a work of recognition as to the resilience of a people, who maintain their cultural connection & sovereign responsibility to look after country, despite the great challenge of upholding their heritage in the face of continued colonisation and industrialisation.
Ruddy's more recent works are sensual, deeply personal reflections of our real and mythical connection to the landscape. Works are created with a sensitivity of line, yet deeply textured and profoundly powerful no matter the scale. Ruddy's work often speaks of this country, yet his broader themes are universal.