During the previous year, I spent many months as a gypsy nomad traveling through various states. It was a marvelous opportunity to observe the heritage of our urban centres, their beauty and quirkiness, combinations of old and new plus the wonderful timelessness of our land.
As an artist I felt compelled to record many of these wonderful and fascinating places, to capture their unique light, history and ambiance. The joy of living places or forgotten time.
As one might expect streets, roads and paths feature very strongly in this series, being the means by which we move to or from or through place, life and time.
Rubi Cassidy was born in Manly Sydney and won a five year scholarship to the National Art School at age 16. Her contemporaries included Martin Sharp & Vivienne Binns, among others.
Rubi’s powerful figurative style is the culmination of a long and successful career as an illustrator, pictorial artist, dancer and choreographer.
Rubi first worked for Lintas Advertising as a Junior Art Director but after marrying, she took a position with the Commonwealth Education Department as an Illustrator attached to the Curriculum Development Unit primarily for the Northern Territory schools bilingual program for Aboriginal children. This was an exciting time that proved very inspiring with many field trips to Arnhem land, the Coburg Peninsula & other sites.
During this time Rubi was included in many Group shows
From the late 1980’s Rubi has travelled extensively and taught Flamenco dance. She has also produced, choreographed and designed the sets for a number of theatre shows that were highly acclaimed.
In recent years her focus has been entirely on painting, seeking to create pleasing alive images of the life around; the rhythm of the city and its people.
“I’m fascinated by the effects of light and colour with their interchanging dynamic that creates mood & atmosphere. In particular, I like night scenes, as the dark infuses the mundane with mystery and a little magic to draw the viewer in with a hint of drama. Oil on canvas or board is my preferred medium, though I do enjoy experimenting” – Rubi Cassidy
Rubi often accepts commissions for paintings of family homes or well loved locations.
1975 Canberra Civic (Credit Union) Art Prize
1976 Canberra Civic (Credit Union) Art Prize
1992 Art Space – Sydney
2009 Waverley Art Prize
2010 Hunters Hill Art Prize
2010 Waverley Art Prize (Winner Art Prize for Drawing)
2010 Northbridge Art Prize
2011 Waverley Art Prize
2012 Hunters Hill Art Prize
2012 Waverley Art Prize
2012 Pop-Up Show Darlinghurst
2013 Hunters Hill Art Prize
2013 May Street Gallery
2013 City v Nature Pop-Up Show
2013 Waverley Art Prize
2013 Stimulate/Sedate Pop-Up Show
2014 May Street Gallery
2014 Hunters Hill Art Prize
2014 Kogarah Art Prize
2014 Mosman Art Prize
2015 “Night and Day” at Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, opened by Alesandro Ljubicic