About the artist Russell Young
* 1959 York, England
Russell Young studied photography, film and graphic design at Chester Art College and later attended Exeter Art College. He moved to London and gained recognition photographing the music scene in the late 1970s, including bands such as Bauhaus, REM and the Smiths. During this time he also shot portraits of Morrissey, Bjork, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, New Order, Diana Ross and Paul Newman. In 1986 he created his first music video, Faith, for singer George Michael, which would be followed by over one hundred more during the heyday of MTV.
Starting in September 2000, when Young was already living in New York, he increasingly focussed on art and dedicated himself to painting. Among his early work are the 'Pig Portraits', life-size police mug shots of celebrities (such as Steve McQueen, Elvis and Jane Fonda) on canvas. He is best known, however, for his portraits of celebrities, such as a weeping and vulnerable-looking Marilyn Monroe, lending them glamour even after their deaths by means of enamel and diamond dust in a screen-printing process.
The work of this British-American artist and his interpretation of pop art are both nationally and internationally acclaimed.