Russell Craig


DipAd Caulfield IT DipEd State Coll Vic FRMIT Tamarind Master Printer USA MVA Griff 

Craig's work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, Darwin Museums and Art Galleries board - permanent collection, Australian Embassy art Collection, Vietnam; Central Academy of Fine Arts art collection, Beijing; Griffith University art collection and the Brisbane Civic Art Gallery and Museum collection, as well as a numerous regional galleries in Queensland. 

He is an art educator teaching as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. His teaching experience has covered tertiary undergraduate and post-graduate supervision. 

Craig commenced his art training in the early 1970's in Melbourne at the Caulfield Institute of Technology and a postgraduate fellowship year in painting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Directly after his RMIT training he completed a postgraduate Diploma of Education at the State College of Victoria, Hawthorn. In the early 1980's he receive a Queensland Government SARAS postgraduate scholarship that enabled him to study a master printer qualification at the prestigious Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, USA. 
In 2003 he completed a Masters in Visual Art qualification at Griffith University.

Artist residencies in New Caledonia, China, Vietnam and Japan assisted in the research theme of 'cultural appropriation' and presenting solo exhibitions in Australia during this period. Over the past ten years he has visited Japan five times and as a result assisted in the several collaborative art & educational projects between Griffith University and various Japanese art universities. Craig's most recent solo exhibitions include Mana, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse in October 2009; Objects of Navigation, Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne, 2010 and Altered States, at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery in December, 2011. This latest exhibition is a survey show featuring prints and drawings completed over the past 30 years of his art practice. Many of his most recent works were inspired by trips to America, Morocco, France, Laos, Cambodia,Thailand and Japan. 

In October 2011, Craig was invited to participate in a residency with the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts (Geidai). At the conclusion of the residency, he exhibited his work in a group exhibition at the esprit GST sightseeing Art Project hosted by Geidai at the Sumida Riverside Gallery, Tokyo. 



Exhibition combination with ‘Body in Flux’ – Jo D’Hage

Yokohama Rain is an exhibition of drawings that were initially inspired by travels, appreciation of Japan, and the sea.  Concepts of rhythm, motion and natural

erosion were utilised in each of the visual sojourns. This was the first time these works were exhibited in Japan. Some of the major drawings were shown in

Australia at Redlands Art Gallery, Cleveland, Queensland in December 2013.

Japan and its culture have inspired many of their creations, so in one sense the

manifestation here can be taken as a revisitation.

This event also afforded the artist an opportunity to personally thank the

institutions and people that have assisted in Russell’s seven previous visits to

Japan as a visiting art lecturer and artist.

The institutions include Tokyo University of Arts (Geidai), Tama Art University,

Joshibi University of Art and Design, and Kyoto Saga University of Arts. All the

individuals are listed in the Japanese translation shown in the accompanying catalogue.

Monday, 13 May- Saturday 25 May 2019

Opening event: 5 pm on 13 May 2019.
Rashinban Gallery
Ginza, Tokyo

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2018 ‘‘ngulalma ngalinda Because of her we can’’

‘immersion art camp on the Maranoa River’

Many thanks to Jude Roberts for organising this event and Aunty Lynette Nixon & Saraeva Mitchell for presenting‘ngulalma ngalinda Because of her we can’ immersion art camp on the Maranoa River home of the Gunggari peoples from the 5 to 8 July 2018.

Thanks also to Saraeva Mitchell a Gunggari woman who helped us sanction this wonderful production with the Gunggari elders.

Also the Gunggari and Local Maranoa artist Vicki Saunders who wrote and narrated this highly spiritual piece. Other major contributors were Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold from 'Clocked out' a creative innovative music group in Brisbane plus Greg and Emma Harm

Tangible Media were responsible for production
Art direction Russell Craig

2018 ‘On THE MARANOA’ - Art in situ

‘On the Maranoa’

10 metre x 1 metre Japanese Washi paper

Mixed drawing medium

Photos 1,4 & 5 by - Harm

2017 ‘Glass Houses’

A group exhibition showcasing a diverse range of artists and featuring works that have been made in response to the Glass House Mountains. Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture.

28th October 2017 - 27th January 2018

Water and the spirit of things

White conte and blue ink on hahnemuhle paper, 78.5 x 106.5 (bleed image) one part of a triptych

2016 'Five to one'

Russell Craig

Five to One is an exhibition of charcoal drawings, surfboards inlaid with images, and large digital prints.

These works reflect on the beauty of our natural world as well as the mystery of the subconscious through hybrid images and marine forms designed to trigger the viewer’s imagination.

The work references the strange and poetic lyrics of the 1960s rock group The Doors. They inspired a generation with lyrics that evoked imaginings of the human psyche.

Image: In the time of coral reefs (detail) 2016 charcoal on Montval, 440 x 184cm

Wednesday, 22 June–Sunday, 3 July 2016

Opening Event: Thursday, 23 June 2016, 6–8

To be officially opened by The Hon. Matt Foley

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Gallery opening hours

Wednesday–Saturday 10–4 Thursday 12–8 Monday/Tuesday Closed

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A group printmaking exhibition  curated  by Professor Ross Woodrow, Deputy Director of Postgraduate and research studies at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.  This group exhibition displays prints alongside their plates or "matrix"

  • 28 April – 13 June 2015

  • Gympie Regional Gallery


Mirror Image: Prints and Plates, reveals wood blocks, etchings and lithographs that are displayed with the block, plate or stone and includes  printmakers Judy Watson, Tim Mosely, Russell Craig, Carolyn McKenzie-Craig, David Jones, Glen Skien, Claudia Husband and Ryan Presley. 

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2015 'The Body Politic'

Contemporary artists in Australia investigate place,
identity, memory and history through the graphic image. This show is presented at the Crane Arts in Philadelphia USA

  • Thursday 8 January – Tuesday 20 January 2015

  • Reception: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

  • The Icebox

  • Wednesday - Saturday 12PM-6PM

  • Free & Open To The Public

Contemporary artists in Australia investigate place, identity, memory and history through the graphic image.

Co-curated by Richard Hricko and Amze Emmons.

In terms of the number of artists and scale of the works included, this is the one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary prints and drawings to be shipped to the United States from Australia.

The exhibition The Body Politic: Contemporary artists in Australia investigate place, identity, memory and history through the graphic image presents the work of seventeen Australian artists. Although most of these artists work across different mediums, all have taken a primary interest in using print or graphic mediums and the printed or drawn image is the focus of this exhibition. Nevertheless, variety is a hallmark of the selection made by Richard Hricko, during his visit to Australia in August 2014, for this exhibition he has co-curated with Amze Emmons. The works by the artists range from artist’s books to printed surfboards, with the majority of the work specifically produced or adapted for display in the massively scaled ICE Box Project Space at Crane Arts.

The artists represented are Staff, Adjuncts or Postgraduate students from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and the exhibition has been supported by the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research. QCA is the oldest university-based art school in Australia and has developed a close relationship with Tyler School of Art, Temple University and the Crane Arts Centre in Philadelphia over the past decade.

The Artists are: Jennifer Andrews, Blair Coffey, Clare Cowley, Carolyn Craig, Russell Craig, Paul Eves, Evan Gardner, David Jones, Tim Mosley, Bill Platz, Ryan Presley, Jude Roberts, Michelle Roberts, Jenny Sanzaro-Nishimura, Glen Skien, Jonathan Tse and Judy Watson

Read the Body Politic essay here

(1) Beneath the Water Line – Surfboards 1,2,3 & 4


installation, four surfboards

(each board 208.3 x 53 x 7cm)

drawings digitally composed and printed on fabric inlayed into the top deck of each surfboard.

(2) Undercurrent


installation, digital prints on two scrolls of Hahnemuhle paper

two scrolls, each 1200 x 93cm


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2014 'Subterranean' 

Crane International Project Space (gallery 105),  Crane Art Centre, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia, USA.  An exhibition of large scale digital prints.  In collaboration with artists Glen Skien and Tim Mosely.  "Beneath the surface" is the overall title of this combined solo exhibition project.  13thFebruary to 6th March
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2013 'Slipstream'

Redlands Art Gallery, Cleveland. An exhibition presenting large scale drawings inspired by travels and the sea. 3rd November to 8th December
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2011 'Altered States'

Redcliffe City Art Gallery. A survey exhibition presenting prints drawings and works on paper. 1st to 24th December
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2011 'Tokyo Residency'

October 2011 Residency at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts
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2010 'Objects of Navigation'

Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne. 28th September to 9th October 2010
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2009 'Mana'

Brisbane Powerhouse 6th to 25th October 2009
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