Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gary Ruddell Exhibit

Readers here may know Gary Ruddell for his science fiction and fantasy book covers. He did the cover art for Dan Simmons’ Hyperion books, among many, many others. In the past six or seven years he’s been turning his attention to gallery work. His latest exhibit:

Gary Ruddell “Small Changes”
Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco
October 5 - 29th

In the late 90s a friend of mine and I took a bike ride down the west coast of America — Vancouver to Tijuana. When we got to San Francisco we called Gary. He and his wife, Nora, invited us to stay for a couple of nights.

He picked us up in an old truck and politely asked if we would be offended by nude paintings in the house. He explained that he had a lot of his personal work hanging and was worried we might find it off-putting. Well, of course I would not be offended...but he did start me thinking that it might be some real tacky stuff, since he was asking. Not at all. He was doing some drop-dead gorgeous paintings..loose, contemplative...large scale and beautiful.

It was a time when he was really trying to focus more on that than his illustration work...his enthusiasm was infectious and it really set the mood for the whole weekend. We had offered to take them out to dinner but instead they had arranged an amazing dinner party. Good times. A real highlight of the trip.

I’ve haven’t worked with Gary much since his switch to the gallery world but I am always tickled to get a new exhibit announcement from him each year or so.


Anonymous said...

Holy Moley! There's a LOT going on in that illustration, both thematically and compositionally.

My eye can see everything at once, but my brain can't stop moving through the details (scale, environment, perspective.)

You can't see either of their expressions, but it's just so damn... EXPRESSIVE.

Wow. This wowed me. Stunned.

Anonymous said...

tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape money runescape gold runescape power leveling tibia gold runescape money runescape gold runescape accounts runescape gp runescape power leveling dofus kamas buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items tibia item runescape accounts runescape gp wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling tibia money tibia gold runescape powerleveling buy dofus kamas Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling Hellgate money Hellgate gold Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate London gold runescape money runescape gold eve isk eve online isk Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold SilkRoad Gold buy SilkRoad Gold Scions of Fate Gold SOF Gold Age Of Conan Gold AOC Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items ArchLord gold buy ArchLord gold DDO Plat tibia money tibia gold tibia item Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat

Anonymous said...

Once I played FF11, I did not know how to get strong, someone told me that you must have FFXI Gil. He gave me some cheap Final Fantasy XI Gold, he said that I could buy FFXI Gil, but I did not have money, then I played it all my spare time. From then on, I got some FFXI gold, if I did not continue to play it, I can sell Final Fantasy XI gold to anyone who want.

Anonymous said...

sometimes you can go to earn the Pirates of the Burning Sea Gold for your own life and you can also get a lot of happiness in the game if you play the game well. you can brush the potbs gold to upgrade and then you are very strong. You think that you want to play the game well and then you can get the potbs Doubloon for your own. you can earn the potbs money alone and you can give some for your friends; it can make you very happy I think. As long as you play the game you can go to buy potbs Doubloon as the rewards in this game.