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