Russell Young  (British, 1960) 

Russell Young (British, b.1959) was born in Northern England and spent his first few months in foster care. He was adopted by Ken and Lesley Young when he was four months old. The family moved further north, where the weather was cold and rainy. As a child, Young considered his world to be dark, and he developed a fascination with American culture. He disliked school and often skipped class. He enjoyed punk music and watching soccer matches. Young attended Chester Art College where he studied photography, film, and graphic design. After his parents divorced, the young artist attended Exeter Art College before moving to London.

Young was unable to find work and lived on the streets, where he met photographer Christos Raftopoulos (Australian, b.1940) and became his assistant. Raftopoulos encouraged his assistant to branch out on his own. Young began his career by photographing live punk shows. His photographs were well-received, and he began landing work for magazines and record companies. In 1986, he was hired to shoot the cover of the Faith album for pop star George Michael. He traveled to America and photographed many celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Bjork, Paul Newman, and Diana Ross. He transitioned into television and shot over 100 videos for MTV. In 1992, the artist moved to Hollywood where he met actress Finola Hughes. The couple married that same year. Young decided it was time to branch out, and so began to paint. Young moved to New York with his wife, and became frustrated as an artist.

He spent time in Tuscany, Italy, where he practiced meditation. Young then moved to Brooklyn and developed a new technique that combined painting and photography. He produced a series of works which became known as Big Portraits. The series featured large photographs which were enhanced with acrylic paint and diamond dust. One piece, titled Reach Out & Touch Faith, features Marilyn Monroe tinted with a red hue and adorned with diamond dust and enamel. Another of his pieces, Sid Vicious, features a portrait of the singer tinted red and emblazoned with the words: "It''s your big day in the north. It''s your big day in the north. Love sha sher sha shy pineapple." Young remains married and resides with his wife and children in New York, where he continues to work.

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Russell Young, Jane Fonda (from the Pig Portrait series)


Russell Young
Jane Fonda (from the Pig Portrait series)
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Russell Young, Pig Portrait: Martin Luther King


Russell Young
Pig Portrait: Martin Luther King

Auction: May 15, 2014
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
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Russell Young, Siksika Chief- Curley Bear


Russell Young
Siksika Chief- Curley Bear

Guy Hepner
Russell Young, Frank Sinatra


Russell Young
Frank Sinatra

Guy Hepner
Russell Young, Elizabeth Taylor


Russell Young
Elizabeth Taylor

Guy Hepner
Russell Young, James Dean


Russell Young
James Dean

Guy Hepner
Russell Young, Marilyn Desire


Russell Young
Marilyn Desire

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Russell Young, Magnificent Seven


Russell Young
Magnificent Seven

Guy Hepner
Russell Young, Marilyn Crying (French Rose)


Russell Young
Marilyn Crying (French Rose)

Guy Hepner
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Russell Young, Brando Bike


Russell Young
Brando Bike, 2008
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Russell Young, Easy Rider


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Easy Rider, 2007
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Russell Young, Marlon Brando


Russell Young
Marlon Brando, 2008


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1960   Born in United Kingdom
  Currently lives and works in Los Angeles & New York
2012   This Land is My Land - Taglialatella Galleries, New York, New York City, NY
Russell Young - Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX
2011   American Envy II, Keszler Gallery, Southampton, NY
American Envy, Scream, London, UK
Diamond Dust, Galerie Hartinger, Vienna, Austria
Icons/ Icones, Gallerie de Bellefeville, Montreal, Canada
Death of a Disco Dancer LIVE, Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Graffiti Works, Keszler Gallery, New York, NY
Russell Young, Taglialatella Galleries, Paris, France
Diamonds Are Forever, Scream, London, UK
Pig Portraits, Guy Hepner, Los Angeles, CA
Scream, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Russell Young, Robinsons Art Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Diamond Dust, Russeck Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Paintings, Guy Hepner, Los Angeles, CA
Russell Young, Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
Dirty Pretty Things, Keszler Gallery,New York, NY; Guy Hepner, Los Angeles, CA; Valentino, New York, NY; Russeck Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Nikola Rukaj Gallery, New York, NY; Taglialatella Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
Scream, London, UK
Collectors Contemporary, Singapore
2009   Goat Blood LIVE, Bankrobber, Ithaca, Greece
Russell Young Works on Linen, Galerie Ralph Schriever, Cologne, Germany (solo)
The History of Violence LIVE, Keszler Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Last Picture Show, Sims Reed Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2008   Russell Young, Karl Hutter, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Diamond Dust, Keszler Gallery, Southampton, NY
Fame+Shame LIVE , Keszler Gallery, Southampton, NY
Rebel Rebel, Art of Elysium at Milk Gallery, New York, NY
Russell Young, Collectors Gallery, Singapore (solo)
Only Anarchists Are Pretty LIVE, Milk Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Russell Young, Altermann Modern, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Horsepower, Milk Gallery, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Sims Reed Gallery, New York, NY
Storm, Vanina Holasek Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Fame + Shame, Scream Gallery and Bankrobber Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Los Angeles, Galerie Adler, Paris, France
Pig Portraits, Keszler Gallery, Southampton, New York (solo)
2006   Art of the Elysium Annual Art Benefit Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
Who's That Girl?, Holasek-Weir Gallery, New York, NY
White Rabbit, The Art Of Elysium at Minotti, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Russell Young, Sims Reed Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2005   Fame+Shame, Vanina Holasek Gallery, New York, NY (solo); The Art Of Elysium at Minotti, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Pig Portraits, SP Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Pig Portraits, The Art Of Elysium at Don O'Melveney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2001   Art Heals, Twin Towers Orphan Fund, New Museum of Art and Technology, New York, NY
  The Saatchi Collection, London, UK