|Birth name||Craig Ruddy|
|Born||8 August 1968
2004 Two Worlds - Portrait of David Gulpilil
Archibald People’s Choice Prize
2010 The Prince of Darkness - Portrait of Warwick Thornton
In 2004 Ruddy won the Archibald Prize for his charcoal drawing of David Gulpilil entitled Two Worlds. The portrait of the Aboriginal actor won both the $35,000 Archibald portrait prize and the People's Choice Award in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Another artist, Tony Johansen, took legal action against the Art Gallery of NSW Trust over the portrait. Johansen argued that because Ruddy predominantly used charcoal in his work, it was a drawing, not a painting, and therefore was ineligible for the prize. In June 2006 the NSW Supreme Court dismissed Johansen's claim.
After winning the Archibald Prize he developed Poppy Seeds, a series of portraits, nudes and self studies that was exhibited in November 2004. The series addressed the tall poppy syndrome that often accompanies success in Australia.
He was a finalist in the 2011 Archibald Prize.
- Buratti Fine Art, Perth www.buratti.com.au
- Richard Martin Art, Sydney
- Gallery One, QLD
- Archibald Prize winners
- "(Article and picture)". Art Gallery Of New South Wales. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
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