- medium Original serigraph in colors
- edition 1
- size 55.00w x 40.00h in
- created 2008
COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Russell Young has risen to become one of the most collected and sought-after artists of our time. He has been exhibited in numerous cities worldwide, such as London, Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Vienna, New York, Miami, Montreal, Los Angeles, Tokyo, San Francisco. His silkscreen paintings have acquired a vast and illustrious fan base; Abby Rosen, The Getty’s, David Hockney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Bowie, and President Barack Obama all have examples of Russell’s works in their collections. His larger-than-life screenprint images from history and popular culture are compelling, daunting, and undeniable.
Young is best known for his enamel, screen-print paintings on linen, which explore celebrity, rock, 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.