My follow up book to the Caldecott Honor award winning book Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney
A heartwarming... story written by my wife DK Dyson about finding joy in art and intergenerational friendship illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Rudy Gutierrez.
Rudeday dreams of creating art that brings people joy but instead, he paints to pay the bills. His days and nights are long, until one day he hears a Tap! Tap! Tap! at his window. What could it be? Rudeday sees a piece of string with a paper clip tied to the end of it, coming from the apartment upstairs. Rudeday has a brilliant idea.
Rudeday carefully paints a fish and attaches it to the paper clip, starting a window-fishing exchange with a little boy upstairs. The pair swap paper fishes back and forth every day. Rudeday is finally painting for fun but he wonders if he will ever meet his window-fishing friend.
A heartwarming story that celebrates art, friendship, and community that is sure to pull at your heartstrings.
SCBWI WINTER CONFERENCE!
I will be on a panel as part of the SCBWI Winter Conference (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators). We will be discussing and presenting in Session Three.
Sunday, February 12
SUSTAINING YOUR CAREER
(with Sophie Blackall, Pat Cummings, Rudy Gutierrez, and Shadra Strickland)
-Maintaining a healthy work/life balance
-How to stay motivated and creative
-Exploring a variety of income streams apart
from book illustration itself
-How to be ready for what may come next
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SPECIAL EDITION AUGUST 2022
I had the opportunity to create some images for Scientific American's Special Collector's Edition "Science for Social Justice" inclusive of the cover and 5 interior chapter spreads.
Highlights Foundation Panel Video:
Income Streams for Children’s Book Illustrators With Pat Cummings, Shadra Strickland, Xindi Yan and Rudy Gutierrez
EVELINA ANTONETTY EXHIBITION "IMAGES OF EVELINA"
I'm honored to have been part of this exhibition titled "Images of Evelina", an exhibition of work by artists commemorating the centennial of the birth of Dr. Evelina Antonetty one of the most impactful activists of the Puerto Rican diaspora of the 20th century.
The exhibit will be on view at Hostos Community College of The City University of New York September 12, 2022 to December 31, 2022 and will travel afterward at another location to be announced.
Antonio Martorell, Marcos Dimas, María Domínguez, Siuko García, Rudy Gutiérrez, Sara Morales, Esther Pagán, Nitza Tufiño, Manuel Vega, Samuel Lind
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM EXHIBITION "IMPRINTED ILLUSTRATING RACE"
I had the honor of being part of this historic exhibition exhibiting two paintings.
June 11 through October 30, 2022 To be traveling in the near future.
Imprinted: Illustrating Race examines the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture. Over 300 artworks and objects on view of widely circulated illustrated imagery will be on view, produced from the late eighteenth century to today, which have an impact on public perception about race in the United States.
The exhibition explored stereotypical racial representations that have been imprinted upon us through the mass publication of images. It culminated with the creative accomplishments of contemporary artists and publishers who have shifted the cultural narrative through the creation of positive, inclusive imagery emphasizing full agency and equity for all.
I also collaborated with my wife DK Dyson on creating musical playlists coinciding with the era presented in each gallery room. and participated in an online symposium:
"Illustration, Race and Responsibility"
With Hollis King, Robyn Phillips-Pendleton,and Gregory Christie
JOHN COLTRANE CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY POSTERS AVAILABLE!!!!
I was so honored to have my art used for the Chasing Trane film poster!
Over the years I've been asked if any of the official original posters from the film in 2016 are available. They are!
And can be ordered through me.
Email your request to me at Illumination Studio via the email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and other information.
The size is 27" x 39" with a white border like the art shown.
Thank you for your interest!
KENNY GARRETT- SOUNDS OF THE ANCESTORS
Kenny Garrett's new album "Sounds of the Ancestors" was illustrated by Rudy and is to be released on August 27th 2021!
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
Rudy created art called Sacred Scream/ Humanity Not Politics for the Unity Project which is a poster series (devoted to inspire voting in the upcoming election) for The Norman Rockwell Museum along with some great illustrators: Yuko Shimizu Anita Kunz, Mai Ly Degnan, Whitney Sherman, and Tim O'Brien.
Posters, t-shirts, and mugs are available – here is the link to the online store.
Unity Project Store Page:
CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA ALBUM-"GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME"
Cover and interior art for Cindy Blackman Santana's recently released album "Give the Drummer Some"for Vinyl and CD formats.
INTERVIEW WITH RUDY GUTIERREZ ON THE ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT PODCAST
Rudy discusses his career!
Contributed art for the anthology, THE TALK: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth! by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis.
CALDECOTT HONOR AWARD!
Rudy Gutierrez has won a Caldecott Honor Award for art for the picture book Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney! It is awarded to the Artist for one of the most distinguished American picture books for children!
In addition it has been Starred by: Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book and
it has been named a 2020 Notable book by ALSC! It has also been selected by the Society Of Illustrators to appear in the annual Original Art Exhibit honoring the best in Children's books for 2020.
Video of Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY2415MOKQs
MONTY ALEXANDER'S "WAREIKA HILL" ALBUM!
Wareika Hill- Rastamonk Vibrations is the latest album by Jazz Pianist Monty Alexander with art by Rudy Gutierrez and Art Directed by Hollis King!
SANTANA "AFRICA SPEAKS" ALBUM COVER!
Rudy's art graces the cover of Santana's latest album, "Africa Speaks"
and the EP "In Search of Mona Lisa" also features the art of Rudy Gutierrez.
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
(DVD, Blu-Ray, and Soundtracks are available!)
The art of Rudy Gutierrez graces the film Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary!
Art of Rudy Gutierrez from the picture book Spirit Seeker- John Coltrane's Musical Journey (written by Gary Golio and published by Clarion) appear in the film and his painting "A Love Supreme" is being used for the film poster as well as the DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and Vinyl soundtracks! Rudy is also featured in the DVD extras in an interview!
Other interviews include Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West, Carlos Santana, President Bill Clinton and Common, among others, Coltrane’s own words are spoken by Denzel Washington.
MESA CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM
Rudy was honored to be featured as the Curatorial Spotlight at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona!- Jazz it up! Jazz inspired art from today!- Sept. 14 - Jan. 20, 2019
Curatorial Spotlight: Rudy Gutierrez
Part of the Jazz It Up! exhibition, this bonus feature highlights the bold paintings of New York artist Rudy Gutierrez. Incorporating a variety of cross-cultural references, Gutierrez uses vivid colors and broad-brush strokes to dynamically capture the energy of his subjects.
"CARLOS SANTANA: SOUND OF THE HEART, SONG OF THE WORLD"
Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World picture book.
Discover the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover.
A Christy Ottaviano Book / Henry Holt
RUDY GUTIERREZ BIO
Rudy's art for various periodicals, book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children’s books, as well as his paintings have appeared nationally and abroad.
Gutierrez is perhaps best known for his iconic painting that was commissioned for the cover of the much anticipated multi-platinum smash hit recording, Santana “Shaman”.
He has contributed art to the First Annual Anti- Apartheid show at the United Nations, participated in shows exploring social issues which included an exhibition at The Kassel Documenta in Germany as well as at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and contributed, to and Co- Curated “The Prevailing Human Spirit” Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in NY. The show was a benefit for the victims of the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City.
Rudy was also a contributor to The Education of an Illustrator and Teaching Illustration books published by Allworth Press. His art is featured in the books- Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators and in the Star Wars Visions that showcased several artists selected by the Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The award winning artist includes the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award (Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to it’s Hall of Fame artists recognized for their “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration.), Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, and a Gold Medal from the NY Society of Illustrators and International Labor Communications Association Honor among his honors.
His children’s books have garnered him a Caldecott Honor Award, Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, Africa Access Award, Silver Birch Award Nomination and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Art News, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine.
Gutierrez has taught at Pratt Institute for many years as well as lectured at various colleges and institutions including workshops on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Univa- Universidad del Valle de Atemajac- in Mexico, where he was a featured speaker at the XI International Engineering Congress Presentation and at the 2005 Icon 5 Illustration Conference in NYC.
He currently also teaches in the FIT Graduate Illustration Program.
Gutierrez’s art has been described as “Wall Medicine”, ancient yet contemporary, urban Show more