Rubi Cassidy

Rubi sees the world around through a compositional and light focused lens. Everything in the world of the everyday is potential material and this magpie approach yields beneficial results; Rubi makes the humdrum of the everyday come to life, in a jewel-like realisation of the world around her.

Beginning with a coloured ground, Rubi delineates the forms of her subjects in detail, working from dark to light usually. The ground forms the base-tone of the work, and a selected palette appropriate to the subject will determine the colours applied afterwards. This describes the warmth of Rubi’s urban scenes which were originally mocked-up in warm undertones that describe the Australian light.

In her studio, Rubi works from memory and photos that she has taken as visual reference. Here she often works quickly, directly onto wooden board or canvas, without the need of preparatory sketches. Works with primed ground and outline lean against her studio walls, as she works in a rotation through various paintings while waiting for the oils to dry.

Rubi describes herself as an urban life and landscape painter. Her works are snapshots of city life or open spaces with a jewel like quality that captures the light of this wonderful country.

Design and Illustration, National Art School

2009

Waverley Art Prize

2010

Waverley Art Prizer (Winner)

2014

Mosman Art Prize (Finalist)

2015

Hunter Hill Art Prize (Finalist)

2015

Exhibition: Solo Show, Art2Muse Gallery

2017

Doug Moran Portrait Prize (Finalist)

2019

Campbelltown Art Show SA (Winner)

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