About the Artist
David Rudd is a native Texan residing in the West Texas town of Odessa.He is a self-taught painter who developed his style during his teenage years of the late 60's - early 70's David has, over the last 40+ years, basically painted for his own pleasure, and hasn't shown his work outside the west Texas area, except on rare occasion. He has developed & refined his style, progressing thru a variety of series works. During the 70's, he concentrated on an extensive geometric series which, sadly, has only minor representation here. The 80's brought on the sporadic "drippy" series and a general period of non-productivity. Most of the artistic energies of this time were focused on the punk/no-wave band "Research" in which David was the lead vocalist. Then, thru the 90's, David has concentrated on his "rock star" series, and then more recently, the "Psycho-Medical" series; with a few unclassified experiments cropping up from time to time. In 2007 David was included in 2 coffee table art books featuring his Beatle portraits and Marilyn Monroe. You will find paintings here made up of a variety of styles; from abstract geometric to portraits. We hope that you enjoy the art exhibitions and all of David Rudd's original paintings here at RuddArt.Com.
BY MICHAEL CASTELLONPhoto by Kevin BuehlerOdessa American
Being featured in a published art book is a major accomplishment, but for Odessan David Rudd, his brush is a bit broader than most. He is currently featured in coffee table art books about the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe.
“David’s (Beatles) artwork was a modern type of interpretation — modern in that it was unique and a very good quality,” Boxigami Books publishing director Jeff Webb said.
In “Beatles Art,” David Rudd has four acrylic portraits from 1993 featured. The paintings are appropriately titled “John,” “Paul,” “George” and “Ringo” and each took about 20 to 30 hours to paint.“I pretty much grew up on the Beatles. I fell in love in 1964 in the fourth grade,” Rudd said.Rudd painted the portraits after a 1993 Paul McCartney concert “kind of fired me up,” he said.After he finished painting the McCartney portrait, he thought that it came out so well, he had to paint the rest of the Fab Four.Rudd’s work captures the 1967 Beatles because “it was always kind of a mysterious era for the Beatles. It’s a better era to do my thing on — the later Beatles,” Rudd said.
Rudd’s “thing” is a simplistic style of painting that has evolved over 35 years of painting.“I like to keep my art as simple as possible and still get the image across,” Rudd said of his style. “It’s what sets me apart from everyone else. I’m just very basic.”
In addition to “Beatle Art,” Rudd is also featured in “Marilyn in Art” with his painting “Monroe.”