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.
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Studied oil painting, drawing, sculpture
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Studied oil painting and drawing
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
400 First Ave North, Ketchum, ID
Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
1400 South Virginia Street
Visions West Galleries, MT
34 West Mail, Bozeman 59175
Visions West Gallery / The Stable
130 S. Jackson St. Jackson, WY
|1993–Present||Patina Technologist Consultant|
Patina Technologist, Metal Finisher and Inspector, Walla Walla Foundry
|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|
|1991||Artist in Residence, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Sitka, OR|