DescriptionAcrylic on canvas, 24' x 18', September, 2008.
This painting is inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “The Lawrence Tree.” She painted her picture around 1929, while visiting the former ranch of author D. H. Lawrence near Taos, New Mexico.
Describing that time, O’Keeffe wrote, “There was a long weathered carpenter’s bench under the tall tree in front of the little old house that Lawrence had lived in there. I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree…past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.”
In some books and prints, “The Lawrence Tree” is shown with the trunk at the lower right, but a number of scholars feel that O’Keeffe wanted the trunk to be at the upper left, with the tree disconcertingly growing down, as I’ve arranged it in my version. But you can hang it the other way if you like!
Rudy Rucker, Los Gatos, California Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementRudy Rucker is a well-known science-fiction writer who enjoys painting surreal Pop SF scenes that are often related to incidents in his books. His favorite artists include Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, Rene Magritte, Wayne Thiebaud, R. Crumb and Carl Barks.
Born in Kentucky in 1946, he studied mathematics, earning a Ph. D. in the theory of infinite sets. He worked first as mathematics professor, then as a computer science professor, coming to rest in Silicon Valley, where he now paints, photographs, and writes novels full time.
Rucker has published over 30 books, mostly speculative fiction. A founder of the cyberpunk school of literature, Rucker also writes in a realistic/fantastic style known as transrealism. Rucker took up painting in 1999 while doing research for his historical novel about the life of Peter Bruegel, As Above, So Below. He often paints pictures as a way of imagining the worlds of his novels such as The Hacker and Ants, The Hollow Earth, Frek and the Elixir and Mathematicians in Love. and Postsingular.