David Ruddell explores his own mythology for the journey of life by using the boat form as a metaphor for the passage of the human vessel through time. The physical representation of this symbol is meant to represent the choices we make in our lives.

In this exhibition Ruddell has created works on raw poplar panels and blackboards, including a small series of boats on children's readymade chalkboards. Ruddell utilizes a palette of rich blues, reds, and yellows, in natural tones that evoke a symbolic landscape.

David Ruddell's work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, the di Rosa in Napa, California, and the Oakland Museum of California, as well as many private collections.



1954 Northern California


1989 University of California, Berkeley, MFA 
1976 California State University, Fresno, BA in Art


2010  New Work, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2007  David Ruddell, New Work, Braunstein/Quay Gallery
2005  50 California, Boats as Metaphor
2004  Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
          2002, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1992
2000  Shorenstein Company 
1991  ACCESS Program, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988  Papillon's, Rheem Valley, CA
1985  La Galleria, Benecia, CA
1984  Armond Roi Gallery, Martinez, CA
          Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA
1982  Armond Roi Gallery, Martinez, CA
1981  Red Rose Gallery, Benecia, CA


2012  Summer Salon: Materials, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA 
2010  Art in Embassies Exhibition, Estonia 
2008  Surroundings, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solano Beach, CA 
2005  Oceans Spell/ New Work, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solano Beach, CA
2003  Recent Acquisitions, Smithsonian American Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC           
          Branch Out, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
          Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MT
2002  Night Skies & Imaginary Coordinates, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
          Shades of Summer, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solano Beach, CA 
2001  Adrift, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1999  New Space, New Work, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997  Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996  Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1994  Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA 
          Historic Sports, 400 S. Hope Street Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
          Braunstein/Quay Gallery Artists, Shasta College Gallery, Redding, CA
1993  Sea Fever, Transamerican Pyramid, San Francisco, CA
          In Reverence of Wood, University Art Gallery, California State University, Hayward, CA 
          Made of Wood, Travelling Show: Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA, Hewlett Packard, Cupertino, CA 
          and Pac-Tel, Walnut Creek, CA
1992  Matrix International ‘92, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA 
1991  Bedford Gallery Biennial, Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
1988  Three Painters, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA 
          Six Figurative Artists, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA 
1985  Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center, Painting Competitive, Walnut Creek, CA
1983  30th Annual Art Show, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 
1982  California State Exposition, Painting, Sacramento, CA 
1981  California State Exposition, Painting, Sacramento, CA

Smithsonian American Museum, Renwick Gallery
Century Aluminum, San Francisco, CA
Veronica & Rene diRosa Foundation, Napa, CA
Hewlett-Packard (Domestic)
Hewlett-Packard (International)
Neuberger and Berman Management, San Francisco, CA
Nikko Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Oakland Museum of California, CA
Sofinnofa, San Francisco, CA
Southern California Gas Company, Los Angeles, CA

David Ruddell, with essay by Karen Tsujimoto, 1999 
New American Paintings, Number 37, Open Studios Press
Dalkey, Victoria, “A Show of Force”, Sacramento Bee, May 10, 1992, p. 3
Porges, Maria, “On the Scene”, Artspace, May/ June 1992