Rubi Cassidy grew up in an extended family situation on a property in the Riverine region bordering the Hay plain. Her early education was from her extended family where she developed a strong sense of individuality and inventiveness as well as skills in language and the arts well in advance of her years. At age 16 Rubi won a 5 year scholarship to the National Art School. Her contemporaries included Martin Sharp 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 she has traveled extensively and taught Flamenco dance.
Producing, choreographing and designing 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.
- 1976 Canberra Civic (Credit Union) Art Prize
- 1975 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 Hunters Hill Art Prize
- The Other Art Fair
- 2015 Night & Day, Art2Muse Gallery Double Bay Sydney