Russell Young

(England -)


Biography

Russell Young (born March 13, 1959) is a British-American artist. Young studied photography, film and graphic design at the Chester Art College and later attended Exeter Art College. He moved to London and gained recognition photographing the early live club shows in the late 1970s of Bauhaus, R.E.M. and the Smiths. During this period, he shot portraits of Morrissey, Björk, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, New Order, Diana Ross, Paul Newman. In 1986, he shot the ‘Faith’ sleeve for George Michael. In the following ten years he directed more than 100 music videos during the heyday of MTV.

In September 2000, while living in New York City, he began to concentrate on art and to devote himself to painting.

Young is best known for his enamel, screen-print paintings on linen, which explore celebrity, rock and roll, death and history. His earliest notable works as an artist are his "Pig Portraits", life-size Police mug shots of celebrities screened onto canvas. First shown in 2003 they proved a critical success and were exhibited in London and the United States. He followed this with his Fame + Shame series that explored American life as seen through the eyes of a young man growing up in England. Russell Young is interested in the places where the glamour of the American dream meets the darkness of crime, addiction, and death. He explores this in series such as “Dirty Pretty Things” (2010), in which screen printed images of notoriously tragic stars Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain are sprinkled with diamond flakes.

Young emulates Andy Warhol's printing style, applying saturated color over screen printed images in which subjects appear blown up and grainy, as though printed on newsprint.

His work has been shown nationally and internationally including at Scope/Basel, Switzerland SCOPE Art Show and Art Miami, Florida.

Russell Young is a hugely successful artist his clients including The Getty's, President Barack Obama, David Hockney, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Abby Rosen.

Exhibition

2016
Santa Barbara "Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations" Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; London "Superstar" Halcyon Gallery; Lakeland "Forever Young" Polk Museum of Art
2015
Paris "Kate Moss Superstar" Taglialatella Galleries; Indianapolis "The British Are Coming" Long-Sharp Gallery; Florida"Retrospective" Polk Museum of Art; Miami "Miami Scope" Taglialatella Galleries; New York "Fame+Shame" Bertrand Delacroix Gallery; Aspen "Wanted Dead or Alive" 212 Gallery; New York "Jackie O" Taglialatella Galleries; Indianapolis "Diamond Dust" Long-Sharp Galery; Nurnberg "Young" Galerie Hafenrichter; Dusseldorf "Young" Burkhard Eikelmann Galerie
2014
Miami Art Miami Context "Helter Skelter" Bankrobber London; Miami Scope "Marilyn" Modern Masters Fine Art; Palm Springs "Diamond Dust" Heather James Fine Art; Indianapolis "Russell Young" Modern Masters Fine Art; London "Lost Angeles Hopper+Young" Mead Carney; London "Spring Show" Mead Carney; London "Wild at Heart" Imitate Modern | 2013 London "Dreamland" Bankrobber London; London "The Fight of the Paso Del Mar" Bankrobber London; Singapore "Kate Moss" Collectors Contemporary; London "Suicide" Bankrobber London; Vienna"Suicide" Galerie G. Hartinger Fine Arts; Zurich "Suicide" Vertes Modern Art Zurich; Paris "Private View" Taglialatella Galleries; Indianapolis "Rethinking the American Dream" Modern Masters Fine Art; New York "Kate Moss Private View" Taglialatella Galleries; San Francisco "Kate Moss" White Walls

Group Exhibitions
2015
London "POP" Halcyon Gallery; Miami "Context" Galerie de Bellefeuille; Munich "Art Munich" Galerie G. Hartinger Fine Arts; Zurich "Art Zurich" Vertes Modern; London "Pele" Halcyon Gallery; London "Heroes and Villains" Halcyon Gallery; London "Summer Exhibition" Halcyon Gallery; San Francisco "Art Silicon Valley" Axiom Contemporary; Huston "Huston fine art fair" Axiom Contemporary; Southampton "Art Southampton" Taglialatella Galleries; New York "Art Miami New York" Modern Masters Fine Art; New York "Spring Masters" Modern Masters Fine Art
2014
Miami "Art Wynwood" Taglialatella Galleries; Aspen "POP-FICTION" 212 Gallery; Southampton "Art Southampton" Taglialatella Galleries; Singapore "Giant" Collectors Contemporary; Porto Montenegro "The Shock of the New" Mead Carney; London "Masterpiece" Modern Masters Fine Art; Monaco "Art Monaco" Galerie G. Hartinger Fine Arts; Paris "Marilyn" Taglialatella Galleries; Zurich "Kunst" Vertes Modern; Zurich "Grafix 14" Vertes Modern
2013
Hong Kong "Works on Paper" The Cat Street Gallery; Paris "Group Show" Taglialatella Gallery in Art Elysée; Toronto "David Bowie" Art Gallery of Ontario; Indianapolis "Icons and Irony" Modern Masters Fine Art; London "Masterpiece London" Modern Masters Fine Art; Southampton "Art Southampton" Taglialatella Galleries; London "Private Sale" Sincura Group; Basel "Art Basel " Vertes Modern Art Zurich; Paris "Rock" Taglialatella Gallery Paris; Los Angeles "LA Art Show" Art of Elysium

Kate Moss #1
Kate Moss #1
62" x 48" | 157.48cm x 121.92cm | Colorway example: all saints pink+black enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen

Marilyn Crying Suicide New York 2013
Marilyn Crying Suicide New York 2013
62" x 48" | 157.48cm x 121.92cm | acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen Colorway example: liquid gold+black

Marilyn Alice Blue + Black
Marilyn Alice Blue + Black
36" x 28" | 91.44cm x 71.12cm | Diamond dust, acrylic and enamel screenprint on canvas 2014

Marilyn Hollywood Pink + Black
Marilyn Hollywood Pink + Black
36" x 28" | 91.44cm x 71.12cm | Diamond dust, acrylic and enamel screenprint on canvas 2014

Work Selection

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