BIOGRAPHY

B orn in Sydney, Australia in 1968, Craig Ruddy studied design and fashion illustration in the late 1980s, before working as landscape gardener, designer and commercial art director. His true passion for drawing & painting emerged in 2001, when he quit his successful design career in order to pursue a life in art. Since 2002 his work has exhibited at Art Depot Gallery, Graphis Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney and at his solo show at Cork Street gallery in London.

 

One of the youngest students to be accepted into Sydney’s Randwick Design College, Ruddy went on to study design and fashion illustration.

 

In 2004, his highly controversial portrait of Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil entitled “Two Worlds”, won the Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prestigious art prize. Ruddy also won the 2010 Archibald Peoples Choice Prize for his portrait of writer/director Warwick Thornton titled “Prince of Darkness”. “Levitation” was Ruddy’s fourth solo show at Richard Martin Art Gallery in Sydney, who has represented the artist since 2006. Craig Ruddy lives and works in Sydney, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
History
1988 Diplomas in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Fashion Illustration
2002 Began painting full-time
2005 Lived & painted in Barcelona, Spain
2008 Set up residence and studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 Lived and painted in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Lived in Sydney
2012 Lived in Byron Bay at his new home/studio
2013 Moved to South America, 4 months in Lima then Buenos Aires
2016 Currently living between Buenos Aires & The Pocket, NSW
Exhibitions
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
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
Awards and Prizes
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
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ART AFTER HOURS
Art Gallery of NSW
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Yiannis City Life Show
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CRAIG RUDDY 2012
". . . and they have escaped the weight of darkness ."
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