Description Oil on canvas. 40' by 30'. April, 2015.I painted 'Dangerous Passage' to help previsualize a scene in my novel 'Million Mile Roadtrip.' My three characters are on an endless world, and theyre migrating from one Earth-sized basin to the next. They have two flying mascots, one is a UFO named Nunu, the other is one of those blobby creature who appears in my previous painting, Tree of Life. The red guy in the rear is noticing the stones in this mountain pass arealive. The composition and vibe of this painting were inspired by Peter Bruegels 'Conversion of St. Paul.'
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.