Rubi Cassidy

Rubi sees the world around through a compositional lens. 'Art for me is about interacting with all the images in one’s daily life, reflecting them and embracing them or turning them into something else'. Street scenes, parks, cafés, music performances and interior scenes are regular subjects for her work. Everything in the world of the everyday is potential material. This magpie approach yields beneficial results; Rubi makes the humdrum of the everyday come to life, in a jewel-like realization of the world around her.

Outdoor scenes often begin with plein air sketches in pastels or oils. If the light is right, and not too transient, Rubi sometimes finishes small works outdoors in one sitting. However, usually this is not possible and sketches are worked-up or used as the basis of future work once she is back in her studio.

Beginning with a coloured ground, Rubi delineates the forms of her subjects in detail, using burnt umber and white. The ground forms the base-tone of the work, and further colours are applied afterwards, in what Rubi pithily describes as a form of ‘glaze’. This describes the warmth of Rubi’s park scenes and terraces, which were originally mocked-up in warm undertones.

In her studio, Rubi works from memory and photos that she has taken as visual reference. Here she often works quickly, directly onto wooden board or linen mounted on board, without the need of preparatory sketches. Works with primed ground and outline lean against her studio walls, as she works in a rotation through various paintings while she waits for the oils to dry.

Rubi describes herself as an urban life and landscape painter. Her works are snapshots of Sydney life and her warm ground technique captures the light of this coastal city.

Recently retired from dance, Rubi is now a full time artist based in Sydney. She teaches at classes for adults and takes art workshops at East Sydney Community College. Rubi studied Design and Illustration at the National Art School, Sydney.

Read more about Rubi in our blog

Winner:
Waverley Art Prize for Drawing 2010

Finalist:
Hunters Hill Art Prize 2014
Kogarah Art Prize 2014
Mosman Art Prize 2014
Waverley Art Prize 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Glebe Art Prize 2010
Hunters Hill Art Prize 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2015
Northbridge Art Prize 2010

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