At a towering 6 feet 4, artist Bill Rude is a figure somewhat akin to the grotesque and menacing characters which populate his extraordinary work. A full-time effects, graphics and animation professional in film and television, Rude leads a shadowy Jekyll & Hyde double life, dividing his time between mainstream show business and creating his deliciously lurid horror-sci-fi-monster-themed artwork.
Rude, whose Retro Horror Art Show will have its opening reception at Magnolia Park’s 8 Ball on Saturday, Sept. 14, has a definite knack for the sinister.
“We are going to have quite a few pieces at 8 Ball, with several different series of work,” Rude said. “Some are posters, there’s a series of shadowboxes of pulp and horror magazine covers, and also some pen and ink drawings of horrific fairy tales, I have Little Miss Moffett, Hansel and Gretel. A lot of it spills over from my professional design work for movies and TV, where you need to create all kinds of renderings. So there are many different mediums, but a lot of my work is about the accuracy of the designs.”