TIGMI ART SERIES

Tigmi Art Series is a monthly exhibition presenting artists who have been selected for their unique expressions of work that draw affinity with the Tigmi ethos of sustainable and conscious design.

CRAIG RUDDY

Before the untimely loss of our friend, revered Australian artist Craig Ruddy at the start of this year, Tigmi had been in conversation with Craig about featuring some of his prolific work as part of our art series. Sadly, this would not be a project we would embark on collaboratively together.In the wake of his passing, we are honoured to be given the opportunity to represent Craig’s work on Bundjalung Land, the place we call home, one that Craig held so dear and often intertwined in his work, and his rich life within the community.For this, we’d like to express our gratitude to his partner Roberto Meza Mont who has given us the possibility to do this.We hope that in presenting Craig’s work in a way that is true to his essence, that we will also shine a light on the passionate plight of his charity work, which is, like his art, part of Craig’s enduring legacy.

Craig Ruddy is an acclaimed Australian contemporary artist, whose works celebrated Indigenous Australians whom he carried tremendous respect and admiration for.A five-time finalist for the renowned Archibald Prize, it was his iconic portrait of First Nations actor David Gulpilil that saw him awarded with Australia’s most prestigious painting prize.

In life, he turned his own childhood illness into his superpower - forced to slow down Craig learned to sit and observe, which later gave him the ability to capture his subjects on a deeply personal level.

Creating an artists haven and gardens at his home in The Pocket Northern NSW with his partner Roberto, Craig carried inspiration from surrounding nature into his works. In his practice he created complex layering with his use of mixed mediums, working in layers with acrylic, oils, charcoal, pens, varnish and glass.