Russell Young

Russell Young is a British artist who works and resides in California.  Young began as a straightforward photographer of celebrities, getting his start shooting the cover for George Michael's Faith album. Gradually, he shifted his approach to become an artist whose work comments on the phenomenon of celebrity portraiture. His oeuvre centers around the idea of American Glamour and the dark tragedy that lies just beneath the surface of theseHollywood icons. The American Dream, celebrity, crime, addiction and death are all themes he explores in his work. His collection "Dirty Pretty Things" focuses on notoriously tragic stars like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Kurt Cobain sprinkled with diamond dust, reminiscent of Pop Art Master Andy Warhol. Young emulates Andy Warhol's printing style, applying saturated color over screen printed images in a Neo-Pop Art style.