It was over 20 years ago that British photographer Russell Young first lent his eye to celebrity culture. The assignment was photographing George Michael for the sleeve of an album called “Faith.” That job launched a career and soon Russell was shooting musicians like Morrissey, Springsteen, Dylan as well as many other celebrities. The next natural step was directing music videos; Russell directed more than 100 music videos during MTV’s heyday.
Ten years into his career, Russell started painting, but his work remained private. It was not until 2003 when Young showed his first series of paintings called PIG PORTRAITS. This first exhibition quickly sold out. Since then, Young has become an internationally acclaimed pop artist, creating larger than life silkscreen paintings from history and pop culture.
“My work is sort of soundtrack to my life, loves, experiences and influences. My method of working is to search, destroy and create. The idea to create "anti-celebrity" portraits was probably a reaction to my former career. However, they turned out to be even more beautiful and iconic. There is undeniably this attitude that is very real, in your face, a beauty that is hard to ignore.“
Russell Young has risen to become one of the most collected and sought after artists of our time. His Marilyn Monroe Crying portraits have sold on the secondary market for upwards of $50,000. Celebrities and collectors from the most discriminating to novice have added Russell’s works to their collections. His larger than life screen print images from history and popular culture are compelling, daunting, and undeniable.