Description Acrylic on canvas. 24' by 18'. April, 2009.<br In working on my novel, Jim and the Flims, I wanted to get an image of another world called Flimsy. And this was the picture I came up with. My original inspiration was van Gogh’s painting, The Sower—I started with a man sowing seeds into a field. Two people are greeting him, they just came out of that interdimensional tunnel visible in the house-like structure made of lavender spheres. The kicker is that the sower is casting baby-seeds into the field, and we see human heads—and the head of one green alien growing up.
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.