Late-career Bay Area artist William Rushton paints with a colorist and near-sculptural approach. Rushton’s canvases, whether figurative, still life, or landscape, are thick and heavy with brightly hued oil paint, and they tell autobiographical stories of daily American life. Aiming to get “lost” in the process of artmaking, the artist says that he is most satisfied when he paints faster than he can think, allowing intuition and painting skills honed over a lifetime to take hold. Not knowing where he is going, yet trusting he will arrive, facilitates endless discoveries that keep William Rushton engaged, inspired, and pushing onward.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015  John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA  "Travels with Joey"

2015  Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA  "Guarding the Moment"

2015  Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA  "Scapes"
2014  Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA  "Painters and Writers"

2013  Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA  "Scapes"
2013  Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA  "New Paintings"
2012  Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA  "Chronicles"
2010  Depot Gallery, Mill Valley, CA  "New Work"
2009  Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA  "New Paintings"
2008  Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco,CA  "Small Works"
2007  Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA  "New Works"
2006  Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA  "California"
2005  Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA  "New Works"
2002  John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA  "New Paintings"


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015  
Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA.  “The Outsiders”
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA.  “Improvisations”

Studio Shop, “Approaching the Figure”, Burlingame, CA

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, CA  "Bark" and "The Art of Painting in the 21st Century " 

 

2014  
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, CA  "Bark" and "The Art of Painting in the 21st Century " 

2013  
Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, CA  "Evolution of Style"

2012  
Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, CA "AB 25: Collective Memories"
Gallery of the Bay Model, Sausalito, CA  "Through the Golden Gate and Around the Bay"
Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA  "Gold Dust and Paint: A Painting Adventure in Virginia City"

 

2011
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA  "Painterly Painters".
The Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, California, "Go Figure".
Bryant Street Gallery, San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason, California.
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, "31st Art Auction".

2010
Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, California, "Go Figure".
The Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, California, "The Outsiders".
Donna Seager Gallery, San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason, California Fine Art Fair"
Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California, "Fresh Paint".


 

2009
Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California, "Summer Show Gallery Artists".
I.Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, California, "The Outsiders"
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California, "The 19th Annual Invitation Exhibition Mini-Show"
Scene on the Strait, Martinez, California, "The 13th Annual Invitational".

2008
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California, "The Outsiders".
Art Zone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, California, "A Benefit for Visual Aid".
Scene on the Strait, Martinez, California, "The 12th Annual Invitational".
Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, California, "The Outsiders: "Wish You Were Here".
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California, "The Mini-Show".

2007
Scene on the Strait, Martinez, California, "The 11th Annual Invitational".
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California, "18th Annual Invitational Exhibition Mini-Show".
Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, California, "A Summer Sale".
Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California, "One Year Celebration".

2006
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA, "The Outsiders: Continuing the Plein Air Tradition".
William Lester Gallery, Pt. Reyes, California, "The Outsiders".
Scene on the Strait, Martinez, California, "The 10th Annual Invitational".
The Group 2006, San Francisco, California, "Oddaganza".
Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California, "Finding the Figure", "Gifted".
Nancy Dodds Gallery, Carmel, California, "The Outsiders".

2005
Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA  "1st Annual Invitational Auto Show", "Looking Back and Seeing Forward", "The Outsiders and Dennis Hare".
Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California, "The Outsiders".
C.F.A Gallery, San Anselmo, California, "Introductions".
Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California, "Living Color: Inside the Outsiders".

2003-2004
C.F.A. Gallery, San Anselmo, California, "The Figure in Art".
City Picture Frame Gallery, San Francisco, California, "William Rushton and Dana Hooper".
Scene on the Strait, Martinez, California
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (M.A.L.T), Marin County, California.
O'Hanlon Gallery at Sight and Insight Art Center, Mill Valley, California, "Distillations of the Natural World".

2000 - 2002 
The College of Marin Art Gallery, Kentfield, California, "California Landscapes".
Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California, "New Works by California Artist Series".
Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, California, "The Outsiders in the City".
Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, California, "The Outsiders".
Euphrat Museum, De Anza College, California, "The Outsiders and Elegance in Nature".

 

COLLECTIONS
Robert Aichele

Bolinas Museum of Art, Bolinas, CA

Mary Bromwell
John Modell

Manual Neri
Barbara Simmons

BACKGROUND
Born in London, England
Taught Art at UC Santa Cruz and at Cupertino High School until 2005

EDUCATION
B.A. in Painting, San Jose State University, 1966
M.F.A in Painting, San Jose State, 1972

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