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Randy Dudley

Desert Tramline


Graphite on paper

15-3/8″ x 20-34″ (39.1 x 52.7 cm)

Randy Dudley (born 1950) is an American Photorealist. His painstakingly rendered compositions depict scenes of post-industrial America, derelict and slowly yielding to natural deterioration. Dudley’s work is attuned to the beauty in these scenes that is often overlooked. His paintings capture clarity and resolution on a scale that is beyond the capabilities of most contemporary photographic equipment.

Randy Dudley graduated from Illinois State University in 1973 and earned his master’s degree in 1976 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He had his first solo exhibition in 1976 in New York City at O.K. Harris Works of Art.


“These paintings are panoramic, realist views of the industrial landscape. The areas are often isolated and tend to have a long history of industry and manufacturing of one kind or another. This type of landscape, taking into account regional differences, can easily be seen in any number of places across the central and northeastern states, which have in the past been referred to as the rust belt.

This landscape suggests–through its layering and overlapping in debris, structures, and accumulated rubble–a visual record of the past and present. This synthesis of histories is what gives the landscape its vitality. Gone are the stockyards, tanneries, steel mills, and gasworks, replaced by numerous smaller concerns, all of which leave behind their traces to historic mix.

The industrial landscape, by virtue of its isolation seems to resist change. The same isolation creates a menacing and alien landscape to some. But the inherent beauty of reflected light and local color combine with a stillness that permeates everything, creating a unique and inspired environment.”

-Randy Dudley, from the book Photorealism in the Digital Age © 2013

Citation: Bernarducci, Frank, Harris, Elizabeth K., and Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism in the Digital Age. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2013.

2015 – “Important Works on Paper” Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art

2014 – “Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated,” Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2010 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

2005 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

2003 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

2002 – “New Generation Photorealists,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

2002 – “As Real As It Gets: Super Realism and Photo-Realism from the Tucson Museum of Art and Private Collections,” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

2001 – “Contemporary American Landscapes: An Urban and Rural Perspective,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

2001 – “American Identities: A New Look?,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

1999/2000 – “Contemporary American Realist Drawings: The Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection”, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1999 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1996 – “A Survey of Contemporary American Realism,” Posco Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1996 – “Men and Machines,” Forum Gallery, New York, New York

1995 – “Realism ’95,” Fletcher Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1994 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1993 – “Photorealism since 1980,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, New York

1992 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1991 – “New Horizons In American Realism,” Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan

1990 – “Contemporary Landscapes,” Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1989 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1989 – “New York: City by Day/City by Night,” Gallery Henoch, New York, New York

1988 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1988 – “Interiors,” Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, New York

1987 – “Lower Manhattan Revisited: SoHo, NoHo and Tribeca,” Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchberg, Virginia

1987 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1986 – “NYC: New Work,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

1985 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1984 – “New Narrative Painting,” Tamayo Museum of Mexico City, Mexico

1983 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1983 – “Icons of Contemporary Art,” Foster Goldstrom Gallery, Dallax, Texas

1982 – Myers Fine Arts Gallery, State University College, Plattsburgh, New York

1981 – Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

1981 – “Changes: Art in America 1881 – 1981,” Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1978 – Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania

1977 – Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, New York

1976 – O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York

1976 – Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia