Craig Ruddy is an award-winning contemporary artist who lives and works in The Pocket in Northern NSW Australia. Ruddy has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery NSW and was propelled into the public eye in 2004 upon winning both the People’s Choice and the Archibald Prize with the monumental painting of David Gulpilil ‘Two Worlds’.
The artist’s work is a continuing tribute to his surroundings, country and the people that reside within it and reflects a deeply personal ongoing spiritual journey. His painting style pushes traditional boundaries, with a working process that involves a complex layering of mixed mediums that include paint, charcoal, pencil drawing, varnish and even glass. Ruddy’s practice is intuitive and organic, his use of free-flowing sensitive lines combined with a vibrant dynamic colour palette result in bold paintings that are both sensual and powerful. Sought after and well collected, paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas.