Image size: 60 x 70 cm
Paper size: 78 x 108 cm
It was then, in early 2004, that Ruddy was inspired to paint the portrait of Aboriginal acting legend David Gulpilil. Ruddy’s decision to enter the portrait, titled ‘Two Worlds’, in the 2004 Archibald Prize was a decision that would prove to be a major turning point in his career and would catapult him into the international art scene.
He not only won Australia’s most prestigious art prize but also picked up the People’s Choice Award in both Sydney and Melbourne.
The arresting portrait continues to attract worldwide media attention.
His reaction to the fame and notoriety that came his way after winning the Archibald prize was encapsulated in ‘Poppy Seeds’, a series of emotive portraits, nudes and self studies that was successfully exhibited in November 2004. The series addressed the Tall Poppy Syndrome that often accompanies success.
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