Brad Rude (b. 1964)

Artist Brad Rude sees the world through the eyes of a Northwest artist who was born in Montana and has lived in Walla Walla most of his life.

His journeys through his grandfather’s folk art studio left him with the images of horses and carriages–his first carved horse still holds a place of prominence in his studio, next to his extensive collections of found objects, books, pictures and anything that might inspire him.

His passion for living in the country–his home and studio are tucked beneath Walla Walla’s Blue Mountains–have left him with a love of the Northwest and a concern for the human condition and Nature’s well-being. His art can be viewed as a simple offering of beauty, as he creates renderings of Mother Nature’s creatures–dogs, rhinos, lion, cows and horses. Or one can see each animal–Brad’s main object–surrounded by the emblems of the human conditions of uncertainty, danger, questions, joy.

His art and his creatures take form in sculptures which now reside on the sidewalks of downtown Walla Walla, in the Walla Walla Foundry’s breezeway, and in the collections of Microsoft, Nordstrom, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, and the Boise Art Museum.

Education

1984–1985 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Studied oil painting, drawing, sculpture
1983–1984 Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Studied oil painting and drawing

Gallery Representation

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

400 First Ave North, Ketchum, ID
http://www.gailseverngallery.com

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV

1400 South Virginia Street
http://www.stremmelgallery.com

Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
Visions West Galleries, MT

34 West Mail, Bozeman 59175
108 South Main Street, Livingston, 59047
http://www.visionswestgallery.com

Visions West Galleries, MT
Visions West Gallery / The Stable

130 S. Jackson St. Jackson, WY
http://www.visionswestgallery.com

Visions West Galleries, MT

Related Employment

1993–Present Patina Technologist Consultant
1982–1993 Patina Technologist, Metal Finisher and Inspector, Walla Walla Foundry
  • responsible for patination of sculpture and final inspection of all metal work
  • responsible for all development and application of all patinas
  • works (ed) directly with artists: Jim Dine, David Bates, the late Nancy Graves, the late Ed Kienholz, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Viola Frey, Sandy Shannon house, Chuck Ginnever, Frank Boyden, Manuel Neri, Robert Hudson, Shoichi Ida, and the late Robert Arneson, involving the final patina of their bronzes.

Public Works and Awards

2016 National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show Trustee Purchase Award
2016 Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Clark County Skills Center, Vancouver WA
2015 Artist Trust GAP Grant
2004–2008 Washington State University, purchase award, Pullman, WA Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation Commission of 5 stops on rail line. District of Oregon, Portland, OR
2002–2003 Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Skagit Valley Community College, Oak Harbor, WA
1998–1999 Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
1997–1998 Seattle Arts Commission Special Project/Residency: Artwork at Woodland Park Zoo
1996–1998 Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, Oregon, lobby commission
1995 Washington State Arts Commission, Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Chinook Primary/Alki Middle School, Vancouver School District, Vancouver, WA
1992 Washington State Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts, $5,000 Two Dimensional Artist Fellowship Award
1992 Commission of life sized deer and a log City of Auburn, WA 1992 Commission of life sized donkey, rocks, and a bird, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

Residency

1991 Artist in Residence, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Sitka, OR

Selected Collections

Biography text written by: Lenel Parish
Brad Rude