Russell Young, Artist, Silk Screening and Diamond Dust
Russell Young, a Brit living in the US, started his professional life as a photographer and spent fifteen years taking pictures of rock stars and musicians including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, R.E.M, New Order and The Smiths.
As a natural progression from photography Russel’s career evolved into the music video industry. In a x year period, during the heyday of MTV he directed over 100 music videos.
As his creativity further developed Russel Young began to explore his love of painting. In 2003, his first exhibition called ‘Pig Portraits’ was a sell-out.
Working with silk-screen prints his focus is still on the iconic elements of the pop culture.
“The process I use is silk screening and I just put diamond dust on them. I love to play with a very aggressive and violent image but glamourize it.” Russell Young
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.
During the interview Russel Young discusses his work, his influences and the creative process.
Photography © Russell Young 2012. All rights reserved. Russell Young exhibition at Scream, London.
RUSSELL YOUNG HELTER SKELTER
CONTEXT ART MIAMI 2014
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“It was whilst exploring themes for his inaugural ‘American Envy’ show in early 2010, that Young became fascinated with a compelling and brutal image that to his mind marked one of the pivotal turning points in America’s counterculture, taken at the ‘Altamont Free Music Festival’ this stark and apparently random still captured the moment when music gave way to mayhem madness and ultimately murder.
Through studying and dissecting this source image Young began to experiment using it as a tool to create, rather than as an end in itself.
The ‘Helter Skelter’ paintings are the result of this experiment, a violent and angry dance in which the artist uses the screen as his brush, physically walking around and into the canvas, there is no intended beginning and no certain end rather an urgent overlap that paints its own story, a vortex of anger, energy and excitement.”