Troy Ruffels’ work is characterised by its subtly intertwined layers, where observations of the natural landscape are overlain in a richly textured palimpsest. Marked by hand and eye, these landscapes are simultaneously interior and exterior. They emerge from a deep familiarity with place, revisited as both inhabitant and traveller, a perspective informed by Ruffels’ anchoring within the North West of Tasmania and his movements around the island.
Each work bears the intensity of a specific location and moment while resonating with wider connections and concerns: we glimpse a luminous world where the visible surface is invested with the halo of the unseen.
Ruffels has travelled and exhibited widely, holding solo exhibitions both nationally within Australia, and internationally in Spain, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. His work has been featured in numerous Australian and internationally curated group survey exhibitions, having work represented at venues in New York, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Malaysia and Singapore. Ruffels lived and worked in Malaysia 2003 – 04 when he undertook the Rimbun Dahan Residency Program supported by Angela Hijjas and Hijjas Kasturi, - an experience that has left a lasting impression on his life and work. Ruffels is the recipient of over a dozen grants and awards including three New Work Grants from the Australia Council. His work is held in numerous public and private collections both in Australia and internationally.