Description Acrylic on canvas. 40' by 30'. December, 2008.
I wanted to do a big science-fictional kind of painting. Im using Mars in the generic SF sense of a strange alien planet. As I often do, I started out with an abstract pattern created by using up the paint remaining on my palette from my previous painting. The first thing I got was a big yellow triangle. And then I thought of it as being a beam emanating form a flying saucer. That green band of monstrous beings was originally a line of foliage, and then it became a hive creature with multiple eyes and mouths. The very last thing I added was the group of little people and critters watching the saucer landor maybe its taking off. It represents a new order. The pair of people in front were originally going to be Romeo and Juliet, but now I think of them as Barack Obama and his wife at the Inauguration in January, 2009! Welcome to Mars, indeed.
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.