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rurikchuckRurik is both a freelance artist and graphic designer who delves into a variety of media and projects. He’s worked with galleries and museums, as well as a wide variety of freelance clients. His projects have ranged from large-scale murals to fine-art photoretouching. His work has covered canvas, masonite, toys, derby cars, motorcycles, dragsters and surfboards. His design and illustration skills have been on magazine covers, CDs, posters, product illustration and design, and on the web with flash illustrations and various banner advertisements. His clients have included Department 56, Cabela’s, Creative Screenwriting magazine, the City of St. Paul, The Museum of Russian Art and Cardozo Fine Art.

Rurik is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. He went on to pursue his Master of Arts degree at Saint Cloud State University, where he studied with international artist, Jerry Ott. Rurik credits much of his success as an artist to his friend and mentor, from whom he still continues to learn from today.

The artworks are all airbrushed Liquitex tube acrylic, using Iwata HP-B and a Paasche V airbrushes. Rurik uses a variety of supports, ranging from paper and canvas to lamps and fans. Works range in size from 2″ x 3″ to 4′ x 8′. Current works have incorporated mixed media, including colored pencils, crayons and even duct tape.

Rurik’s work has been exhibited in Minnesota, South Dakota, Oregon, Virginia and Germany. His skills have been commissioned for magazine covers, portraits, and collaborative projects with fellow artists. He’s also participated in Saint Paul’s “Tribute to Charles Schulz” for the last two years, creating “Gumball Snoopy” and “Goodtime Charlie’s Got the Blues.”

If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the gallery or commissioning a work, please contact Rurik.