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.
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 Worlds”. 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.