Internationally acclaimed pop artist Russell Young is one of the most collectable living artists of our time. With an illustrious fan base that includes David Hockney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Bowie and President Barack Obama, (and Elizabeth Taylor before her death in 2011), he is currently England’s most successful contemporary artist.
Russell Young began his career as a celebrity photographer capturing the likes of Bjork, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Kate Moss, R.E.M. and The Smiths. Fifteen years later he made, what he describes, as a natural career move, going from photographing musicians to directing musicians in music videos.
Enduring another 10 years within the commercial world, Young became frustrated with celebrity culture and so began creating his “anti-celebrity” portraits. In an effort to explore the good and bad of celebrity culture, Young’s portraits and paintings juxtapose the glamour of the American dream with the culture of crime, addiction, and death. Emulating Andy Warhol’s printing style, Young takes notorious stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain and applies saturated colour over screen prints of their faces. This raw and destructive style captures a truth that has made Young’s artwork contemporary masterpieces. In 2007 he began using diamond dust in his artworks to add an other-worldly sparkle.