British-American Pop artist Russell Young is best known for compelling, larger than life, silkscreens of pop culture icons. His recognizable images are often compared to that of pop art icon, Andy Warhol. Similar to Warhol, Russell Young uses the same screen-printing method. His recent works consist of a combination of painting and photography to achieve vibrant results. Russell Young’s paintings interweave a story of an America and Hollywood’s Golden Age. The celebrities and subjects he highlights symbolize romance, tragedy, and the American culture. In his career, Russell Young has exhibited around the world and is recognized as an important figure in the Pop Art movement. With over 70 solo- exhibitions under his belt and having gained a place in President Barack Obama’s collection, he continues to prove his significance and relevance in the current art market.
Here at West Chelsea Contemporary we’re honored to feature Russell Young’s iconic screen-prints. He adds vibrance and value to the collection and our current show MODERN POP.
Young brings a sense of elegance and beauty to old Hollywood prestige. The present work, Marilyn Monroe, captures the famous starlet’s eternal glamour in brilliant shades of priscilla pink. The artist captures Monroe’s infamous beauty and mystique washed with a vibrant color that feels both feminine and strong.
The second work, Elvis TCB Gun, depicts one the many firearms owned by the King of Rock and Roll, complete with his TCB and lighting bolt engraving. Standing for “Taking Care of Business,” Elvis who was an avid gun enthusiast on top of being one of the most celebrated cultural icons to ever exist, always engraved his signature crest on his weapons. Elvis TCB Gun highlights old Hollywood glamour and drama, while also reminiscing on the days of the golden age of television.
Marlon Brando is widely considered one of the greatest actors of the 20th century and is best known for his role in the 1972 film, The God Father. Two-time Oscar winner, Brando is seen in this work on his motorcycle. This special piece brings a sense of mystery and power. While the scarlet saturation in the painting adds an enticing danger.
Check them all out in-person, online, or by virtual appointment.
In 2002 Russell Collection opened its doors in the Arboretum as the only fine art gallery in Austin to exhibit Modern Masters. From Henri Matisse to Salvador Dalí, my gallery has proudly offered exceptional art from the market’s biggest names – artists whose work was typically only found in museums.
Even with loyal collectors and incredible art, the odds have not always been in our favor – as many of you know, the art world is never boring. Two stolen Picassos, an economic recession and now one pandemic later, I am honored and excited to share the next step in my collection’s evolution as we remodel and rebrand the gallery.
As many of you have noticed our new name is West Chelsea Contemporary (and yes I am still a very large part of the gallery). Our goal is to provide a fun and approachable way for you to experience and collect art. Our evolved artist roster includes those whom we feel are pivotal in the current contemporary art market and that of the last 50 years.
West Chelsea Contemporary will be now offering works by Banksy, Alex Katz, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Takashi Murakami, and Andy Warhol, among other iconic players worthy of your collection. Excitedly, we will continue to represent familiar names from Russell Collection such as Ash Almonte, Hayley Mitchell, Cody Hooper, Gil Bruvel, Hunt Slonem, Joan, Miro, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and more.
In addition to our West Chelsea Contemporary name change, we have undertaken a huge remodel of our downtown location and are slated to reopen our doors in mid October with our Opening Exhibit of Concrete to Canvas featuring Basquiat, KAWS, RETNA, Keith Haring, JonOne, and more.
For a sneak peek of what we have in store for you, please come visit us at our West Chelsea Contemporary Pop-Up @ Domain Northside on Rock Rose in Austin.
I look forward to seeing all of you, our valued clients, soon at West Chelsea Contemporary (formerly Russell Collection).
~Lisa Russell, President & Gallery Owner – West Chelsea Contemporary
West Chelsea Contemporary is proud to inclusively offer art for everyone. From the enthusiast to the veteran collector, there are pieces for intrigue, investment, and aesthetic.
Artists like Andy Warhol first championed the bridge between high and low art through his repetition of commercialized iconography–the unforgettable Campbell’s Soup Cans, Marilyn Monroe, and the like. From the 60s onward, art became a reflection of consumer culture, and consumer culture began to respond in droves. To date, Andy Warhol is one of the most recognizable artists to the eye and unquestionably drives international interest in the relationship between what we buy, why we buy–but perhaps most critically, who buys.
Thereafter, artists like Keith Haring and Jeff Koons further developed the bridge between a critical reflection on mass production and the vehicle of mass consumption. Haring used his art and internationally recognized style to raise awareness about AIDS and end the stigma around its presence in queer culture and beyond. In this way, popular artists were able to both profit from commercial and popular culture while also using it as a vehicle of expression.
In today’s art market, artists like Takashi Murakami represent the kind of neo-pop artists that have taken the torch from innovators like Warhol in an ever-evolving socio-economic landscape. With accessible and identifiable tropes, Murakami is once again globally recognized for his play of life and death in flowers and skulls. Moreover, his collaboration with musicians, fashion, and animation renders the entirety of his work accessible to nearly anyone. At West Chelsea Contemporary, you’ll find examples of high value investment pieces as well as accessible sculptures, prints, and collectibles. It’s no longer simply quoting commercial culture that defines the popularization of art and artists, but rather the ability to be accessed by a myriad and wide variety of collectors, both beginning and experienced.
In this vein, West Chelsea Contemporary is a vital part of the conversation inviting inclusivity into the art market. Within our walls, you can expect to witness and acquire some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, receive a thoughtful educational experience, and find a new addition to your collection that falls within your means. Your instinct in art is beautiful. We’re here to celebrate and cultivate it, with you.