Craig Ruddy

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Craig Ruddy
Born Craig Ruddy
8 August 1968
Forestville, (Sydney)
Nationality Australian
Known for Painting
Awards Archibald Prize
2004 Two Worlds - Portrait of David Gulpilil

Archibald People’s Choice Prize
2010 The Prince of Darkness - Portrait of Warwick Thornton

Craig Ruddy (born 8 August 1968, Forestville, Sydney) is an Australian artist.

In 2004 Ruddy won the Archibald Prize for his charcoal drawing of David Gulpilil entitled Two Worlds.[1] 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.

His diptych Self-portrait - into the box was one of the 2006 Archibald Prize finalists.

In August 2006 Ruddy's Two Worlds sold to a private collector at the Sotheby's auction in Sydney for $312,000. It had been valued at between $150,000 and $180,000.[1]

In 2010 Ruddy won the Archibald People’s Choice Prize for his portrait of Warwick Thornton entitled The Prince of Darkness.[2]

He was a finalist in the 2011 Archibald Prize.


  • Buratti Fine Art, Perth
  • Richard Martin Art, Sydney
  • Gallery One, QLD


  1. ^ Archibald Prize winners
  2. ^ "(Article and picture)". Art Gallery Of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 

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Preceded by
Geoffrey Dyer
Archibald Prize
for two worlds, portrait of actor David Gulpilil
Succeeded by
John Olsen
Preceded by
Dalu Zhao
People's Choice Award
two worlds, portrait of actor David Gulpilil
Succeeded by
Nicholas Harding
Preceded by
Vincent Fantauzzo
People's Choice Award
The Prince of Darkness – Warwick Thornton
Succeeded by
Adam Chang