Oil on Board
Title: In The Distant Blue She Cries (Inscribed verso: in the distant blue/ she cries/ in the blue depths she)
Signed & Dated: Lower Right, Ruddy 04
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.
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.
In 2010 Ruddy won the Archibald People’s Choice Prize for his portrait of Warwick Thornton entitled The Prince of Darkness.
He was a finalist in the 2011 Archibald Prize.