Russell Young

Russell Young

British, b. 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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