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Craig Handley (b. 1964) has been shortlisted as a finalist in notable art prizes no less that 66 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 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 at the gallery mid 2017.

Craig Handley, Mary’s off to Bunnings ’cause she’s got an excellent fixer upperera (2017), Oil on canvas, 139 x 145cm

 

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
2016 ‘ANOMALIES’-Anthea Polson Art, Queensland
2015 ‘ROADSIDE’- Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2012 ‘MISCELLANEOUS’ – Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2010 ‘ROAD TRIP!’ – Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2008 ‘LUCKY’ – Richard Martin Art, Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 MMXIII – DIRECTORS EDITION – Richard Martin Art, Sydney NSW
2012 SUMMERTIDE – Richard Martin Art, Sydney NSW
2010 ‘A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME’ – Gallows Gallery, Perth WA
2010 ‘WINTER’ – Richard Martin Art, Sydney NSW
2004 Newport Artworks, Newport NSW

AWARDS & PRIZES
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

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 [email protected]

Craig Handley, Council Cleanup 6, oil on canvas, 76 x 91 cm
Craig Handley, Radelaide, oil on canvas, 45 x 51 cm
Craig Handley, King of the hill or the rolling story, oil on linen, 66 x 92 cm
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