Bob grew up in East Anglia, but after studying at Bath Academy of Art he settled in the West Country. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1995 and won the Turner Watercolour Award in 2010. His painting is inspired by landscape from the Isles of Scilly to the north of Scotland. Mountains, rivers, rocky coastlines, and the sea are subjects he returns to again and again. He paints in traditional translucent watercolour and oil paint using strong colour and selecting from a large range of pigments. The paintings explore a variety of ways of depicting landscape. It is the combination of these approaches that interests him. Realistically painted passages contrast with freely interpreted areas in the same picture, at times bordering on abstraction.
Bob Rudd RI exhibits in fine art galleries world wide and his work is held in many public and private collections.
1944 Born Suffolk
1969-73 Bath Academy of Art
1995 Membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Art in Parliament (Published 1996 ISBN 0-7117-0898-3)
Who’s Who in Art (since 1998)
Various practical books and magazines about watercolour painting.
1994 St Cuthberts Mill Watercolour Award (RWA Exhibition)
1996 The Linda Blackstone Gallery Award (RI Exhibition)
1997 Laing Art Competition, SW Regional Winner
1998/2000 Selected for limited edition Laing collection calendar
1999 Andrew Brownsword Prize (best picture BSA Exhibition)
2000/03 St Cuthberts Mill Award (best watercolour, BSA Exhibition)
2004 Excellence in Watercolour prize (RWA Exhibition)
2005 Public Choice Prize (BSA Exhibition)
2006 St Cuthberts Mill Award (RI Annual Exhibition)
2007 Debra Manifold Memorial Award (RI Annual Exhibition)
2008 Ranelagh Press Award (RI Annual Exhibition)
2010 Turner Watercolour Award (RI Annual Exhibition)