DescriptionAcrylic on canvas, 30' x 30', October, 2007.
When I was at Glen Moriwaki’s workshop in Caunes, I met the artist Kevin Brown. He was instantly a good influence on my painting; he works very rapidly and freely, often finishing a large painting in a few hours—and just as often going back and totally changing the painting a few hours later.
Kevin owns and runs the Live Worms gallery in the North Beach are of San Francisco. On week days he uses it as his studio and his personal gallery, and on weekends he rents out the space to emerging artists who want to stage a show of their own.As I’d accumulated quite a few paintings, and I wanted to do something special for the launch of my new novel Postsingular, I had the idea of getting my publisher, Tor Books, to help me rent Live Worms for a combined art show and book release party.
With that show coming up, I figured I’d do one more picture, so I painted a still-life of a bunch of sea-shells that I had around the house. The big one is a Triton I bought in Tonga.
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.