Russell Young

Nationality : British

Birth Year : 1960

Biography

Russell Young is an internationally acclaimed pop artist best known for his compelling larger than life screen print images from history and popular culture.

 

Russell began his career as a photographer taking the photos for the sleeve of George Michael’s album Faith. This lead to many more commissions from musicians and celebrities such as Morrissey, Bjork, Springsteen, Dylan, REM, New Order, The Smiths, Diana Ross and Paul Newman. From this he moved on to directing music videos in the heyday of MTV.

Whilst doing this as his day job Russell began painting but his work remained private until 2003 when he had his first solo show. The series of paintings called Pig Portraits sold out and his work and reputation has gone from strength to strength since then.

He has said the idea to create "anti-celebrity" portraits was probably a reaction to his former career. However, they turned out to be even more beautiful and iconic.

Russell describes his work as a sort of soundtrack to his life, loves, experiences and influences. His method of working is to search, destroy and create. The images he uses have been collected from newspaper cuttings, e-bay, long correspondence with police departments throughout the world or even given by celebrities themselves.

 

Russell Young has risen to become one of the most collected and sought after artists of our time. Celebrities and collectors like Abby Rosen, the Getty's, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hockney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Bowie and President Barack Obama all have examples of Russell’s works in their collections. 

Biographical information from Art Republic

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LOT SOLD (2008 - 2009)

159

MAX PRICE

$27,500

AVG PRICE

$15,413

TOTAL SALES (2008 - 2009)

$77,067

 Ali Triptych 1964 by Russell Young

Russell Young

Ali Triptych 1964

Auctionata, Berlin

December 7, 2015

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 Desire by Russell Young

Russell Young

Desire

Auctionata, Berlin

December 5, 2015

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 James Dean (atomic gold + black) by Russell Young

Russell Young

James Dean (atomic gold + black)

Ketterer Kunst, Munich

December 3, 2015

$31,395  USD

 Sid Vicious by Russell Young

Russell Young

Sid Vicious

Bloomsbury Auctions, London

December 2, 2015

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 Kate Moss by Russell Young

Russell Young

Kate Moss

Bloomsbury Auctions, London

December 2, 2015

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 Brigitte Bardot by Russell Young

Russell Young

Brigitte Bardot

Dorotheum, Vienna

November 26, 2015

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 Marilyn Hope/Persian Rose by Russell Young

Russell Young

Marilyn Hope/Persian Rose

Dorotheum, Vienna

November 26, 2015

$36,672  USD

 Marlon Brando by Russell Young

Russell Young

Marlon Brando

Bonhams, New York

November 17, 2015

$6,250  USD

 Marilyn Suicide  (nude + black) by Russell Young

Russell Young

Marilyn Suicide (nude + black)

Heritage Auctions, Dallas

November 14, 2015

$20,000  USD

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