Gary Ruddell (born 16 November 1951 in San Mateo, California) is an American artist best known for his cover paintings for works of science fiction and fantasy literature. His cover artwork for Dan Simmons's novel Hyperion was nominated for the 1990 Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork.
Ruddell's commercial clients include Bantam Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Avon Books, Ace Books, Ballantine Books and Baen Books. His artwork has been featured on the covers of books by such science fiction luminaries as Robert Lynn Asprin, Lois McMaster Bujold, C. J. Cherryh, and Connie Willis. Other commercial clients have included Playboy Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, Broderbund Software, Magic: The Gathering and Sega Corporation.
In addition to his commercial artwork, Ruddell creates and exhibits oil paintings. He has cited N. C. Wyeth as a significant influence on his art. He has said of his work, "I like to think of my paintings as stills in a film, suspended moments, a private glimpse into the human condition." Ruddell was raised in Northern California and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts (1975).