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Craig Handley (b. 1964) has been shortlisted as a finalist in notable art prizes over 80 times in the last decade. Handley was born and raised in the southern suburbs of Sydney and on leaving school went to do a sign-writing apprenticeship. It was here that the draftsman like perfection we now see in Craig’s painting was honed.

Craig Handley went on to further sharpen his skill and learn the craft of defining a narrative with a successful career in animation, working for a number of the largest studios in the world. In 2004 Handley had his “John Register” moment, leaving animation to ply his skills purely to painting.

Craig Handley, The climb 6 (2018), Oil on Belgian linen, 112 x 122cm

Craig Handley works sparingly in oil to produce images of immense poise and delight. In his own words Handley sees his work simply as “a medley, a collage of all the things I come across while travelling about. They are rearrangements, a hodgepodge of places and objects and light.” In reality they are so much more. His collective visual snapshots allow his works to transcend genres and blur the lines between, realism and surrealism, narrative and observation. This is summed up best by the notable Australian Critic John McDonald when writing of Handley’s painting in the Salon Des Refuses;

“Some of the Salon pictures are so strange they defy description, let alone classification. Nothing is more peculiar than Craig Handley’s cryptically titled self-portrait, Thank You Mr Fante. Does he mean John Fante, the American writer? It probably wouldn’t help with a reading of this picture, even if I knew. Handley has portrayed himself with the arms of a plastic action figure, standing alongside a pink suburban bungalow from which the face of Salvador Dali peeks out. A flock of cockatoos flies overhead while two midget black swans float on the above-ground pool. Rather than a self-portrait, one might call this a “conversation piece…”

At Piermarq we are thrilled to represent Craig Handley’s work and look forward to his upcoming solo exhibition EXITS opening 20 June 2018, 6 -8pm and running until Saturday 14 July 2018. 

View digital catalogue/s for exhibitions at Piermarq:
Exits (2018)
The Trappings (2017)

Craig Handley, Mary’s off to Bunnings (’cause she’s got an excellent fixer upperera) (2017), Oil on linen, 139 x 145cm – Selected for the 2017 Salon des Refuses at S.H Ervin Gallery – Read Art Critic John McDonald’s Review of the 2017 Salon des Refuses here

CV
1964  Born Sydney, Australia
1980  Completed Signwriting apprenticeship
1983  Began career in the animation industry
1993  Director/producer of numerous children’s television series
2004  Painting

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  Exits, Piermarq, Sydney
2017  The Trappings, Piermarq, Sydney
2016  Anomalies, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland
2015  Roadside, Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2012  Miscellaneous, Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2010  Roadtrip, Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2008  Lucky, Richard Martin Art, Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017  North Head Project, Manly Regional Art gallery and Museum, curated by Katherine Roberts
2013  MMXIII, Director’s Edition, Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2012  Summertide,  Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2010  A Taste of What’s to Come, Gallows Gallery, Perth WA
2010  Winter, Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2004  Newport Artworks, Newport NSW

AWARDS & PRIZES
2018  Kilgour Art prize, Newcastle (finalist)
2018  Hadley’s Art prize, Hobart (finalist)
2018  Wynne Prize, Sydney (finalist)
2018  Salon Des Refuses, Sydney (selected)
2018  Gallipoli Art Prize (Highly commended)
2018  Calleen Art Prize, Cowra (finalist)
2018  Glover Prize, Tasmania (finalist)
2017  KAAF Art Prize, Sydney (Winner)
2017  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Wollongong, NSW (finalist)
2017  NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting (finalist)
2017  Salon Des Refuses, Sydney (selected)
2017  Whyalla Art Prize (finalist)
2017  Gallipoli Art Prize (finalist)
2017  Calleen Art Prize, Cowra (finalist)
2016  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)
2016  Bruny Island Art Prize, Tasmania, (finalist)
2016  WYNNE Prize, Sydney, (finalist)
2016  Lethbridge Art Prize, Queensland (finalist)
2016  Stanthorpe Art Festival
2016  Calleen Art Prize, Cowra (finalist)
2016  Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
2016  Gallipoli Art Prize
2016  Noosa Art Prize, (finalist)
2016  39th Alice Prize, (finalist)
2015  KAAF Art Prize, Sydney, (finalist)
2015  Blacktown City Art Prize, (finalist)
2015  Gold Coast City Art Prize, (finalist)
2015  ANL Award, Victoria, (finalist)
2015  Moran Portrait Prize (semi-finalist)
2015  Paddington Art Prize, (finalist)
2015  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour NSW (finalist)
2015  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)
2015  Salon Des Refuses, Sydney (selected)
2015  NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Sydney (semi-finalist)
2015  Kogarah Art Prize, Winner
2015  Calleen Art Prize, Cowra (finalist) Highly Commended
2015  43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize
2014  Gold Coast City Art Prize
2014  Sulman Prize, AGNSW, (finalist)
2014  Salon Des Refuses, Sydney (selected)
2014  NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Sydney (finalist)
2014  Calleen Art Prize, Cowra (finalist)
2013  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour NSW (finalist)
2013  Paddington Art Prize, (finalist)
2013  Fleurieu Art Prize, SA
2013  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)
2013  North Sydney Art Prize, Sydney
2013  NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Sydney (finalist)
2013  Calleen Art Prize, Cowra (finalist)
2013  Muswellbrook Art Prize (finalist)
2012  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour NSW (finalist)
2012  Mortimore Prize (finalist)
2012  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)
2012  Lethbridge Art Prize, Queensland (finalist)
2012  Gallipoli Art Prize
2011  Whyalla Art Prize SA (finalist)
2011  Paddington Art Prize, (finalist)
2011  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour NSW (finalist)
2011  Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth (finalist)
2011  North Sydney Art Prize, Sydney
2011  Salon Des Refuses, Sydney (selected)
2011  Lethbridge Art Prize, Queensland (finalist)
2010  Paddington Art Prize, (finalist)
2010  Redland Art Awards, Qld (finalist)
2010  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour NSW (finalist)
2010  Moran Portrait Prize (finalist)
2010  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)
2010  Stanthorpe Art Prize, Qld (finalist)
2009  Blake Prize (Director’s Cut)
2009  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour NSW (finalist)
2009  Paddington Art Prize (finalist)
2008  Blake Prize (finalist)
2008  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)
2008  Salon Des Refusés, Sydney (selected)
2007  Paddington Art Prize (finalist)
2007  Salon Des Refusés, Sydney (selected)
2006  Paddington Art Prize (finalist)
2006  Mosman Art Prize (finalist)

PRESS

Spectrum | Choice Cuts | John McDonald | SMH 5 August 2017

One would be hard-pushed to ignore or forget Craig Handley’s eccentric suburban vignettes. Mary’s off to Bunnings (cause she’s got an excellent fixer upper) is about as suburban as it gets, although the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the window of a fibro bungalow suggests the degree to which home renovation in Australia has become a surrogate religion.

Media Release 19 June 2015

Winners Announced for the 2015 City of Kogarah Art Prize

John McDonald described the winning artwork, Kilted by Craig Handley as ‘A painting about a childhood suburban memory. Everything has all disappeared and he is looking back at the memory, all is left is a picture of him in a kilt. This painting kept growing on me. It is simply like a memory of a suburban childhood.’ 

Salon des Refuses: The art of rejection / John McDonald / SMH / 8 August 2014
“I might also give a tick to Craig Handley, whose Council cleanup # 6 continues a long line of offbeat, unpredictable entries to local art competitions. When I look at Handley’s work, I think of Dr. Johnson’s verdict on Tristram Shandy: “Nothing odd will do long.” The fact that this novel is still in print should give hope to every purveyor of artistic oddities…”

Inside the Salon Des Refuses / Arts Hub / 24 July 2014

Through a landscape, Fleurieu Art Prize 2013 / Art Monthly / 15 October 2013

Salon Des Refuses / John McDonald / SMH / 5 April 2008
“Some of the Salon pictures are so strange they defy description, let alone classification. Nothing is more peculiar than Craig Handley’s cryptically titled self-portrait, Thank You Mr Fante. Does he mean John Fante, the American writer? It probably wouldn’t help with a reading of this picture, even if I knew. Handley has portrayed himself with the arms of a plastic action figure, standing alongside a pink suburban bungalow from which the face of Salvador Dali peeks out. A flock of cockatoos flies overhead while two midget black swans float on the above-ground pool. Rather than a self-portrait, one might call this a “conversation piece…”

Your Face Or Mine / Australian Art Review / 23 June 2009

Belle Magazine / Featured Artist / July 2007

Would you like to view more works by Craig Handley? Feel free to give us a call on (02) 9660 7799 or email us on [email protected]

Craig Handley, The climb 8 (2018), Oil on linen, 66 x 76cm
Craig Handley, The mynah distraction (2018), Oil on Belgian linen, 56 x 66cm
Craig Handley, The climb 4 or the end of the movie (2018), Oil on Belgian linen, 36 x 51cm
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