Icons by Russell Young

Icons by Russell Young

Russell Young captures the depth of the pain of some of the most iconic celebrities,  while adding glamour through diamond dust. Russell Young began to use diamond dust in 2007, pressing the crystals into the enamel of the paintings. Russell Young was drawn to the opulence of the light, shimmering off the multifaceted glass.

Russell Young’s Fame + Shame expresses edgy examinations of celebrities in the media, Russell Young has risen to become one of the most collected and sought after artists of our time. Russell Young photographed celebrities for more than 20 years, among them George Michael, Morrissey, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Russell Young’s Fame + Shame is one of many collections that captures his most recognized subject matter – celebrities. Russell Young’s Fame + Shame explores American history from the last thirty years, seen through his eyes, as a young man growing up in England. Russell Young’s Fame + Shame is gritty, bare, pop-iconographic screen-prints that are of historic events; Russell Young’s heroes and heroines shown the way he wants them seen.

About:

From an early age, Russell Young was drawn to the quintessential “American dream,” which he thought represented freedom and possibility. He eventually developed an interest in photography, and studied photography, film, and graphic art at the Chester Art College.

Young’s first photography job was under Christos Raftopoulos, who eventually pushed Young to take on projects of his own. Young started at the live club shows of Bauhaus, R.E.M. and the Smiths. The talented photographer quickly picked up work for magazines, shooting portraits of Morrissey, Bjork, Springsteen, Dylan, New Order, Diana Ross, Paul Newman and many other celebrities, as well as directing one hundred music videos during the glory days of MTV.

Less than a decade ago, Young emerged on the fine art scene with his first series of screenprints titled “Pig Portraits,” which depicted celebrities through the police mug shots lens. This series included screen prints of Jane Fonda, Steve McQueen, Martin Luther King, Jr., and more. These works were and continue to be recognized as uniquely “Russell Young.”Several series have followed Pig Portraits, including Rebel Rebel, Shoplifters of the World Unite, Dirty Pretty Things, Bankrobber, American Envy, Only Anarchists are Pretty, and others.

In addition to recognition for his iconic images, Young is also acknowledged for his use of diamond dust. He began using this technique in 2007, pressing the crystals into the enamel of the prints. No two diamond dust pieces are exactly alike, as the crystals are applied individually to each work. Young’s Marilyn Monroe diamond dust pieces continue to reach new highs at public auction. His pieces have graced the auction block at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips de Pury in both the United States and the UK.

Russell Young lives and works on the California coast and in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Singapore, New York, Detroit, Miami and Los Angeles. His works are in acclaimed collections such as the Balthazar Getty (of the Getty Museum), Abey Rosen, Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, and more.

ARTWORK

Russell Young Jackie Elvis Pink and Black
Jackie Kennedy (Elvis Pink & Black) by Russell Young
Jackie Kennedy (Elvis Pink & Black) by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Young Kate Moss (front) by Russell Young
Young Kate Moss (front) by Russell Young
2013
Jackie Kennedy (Atomic Gold & Black) by Russell Young
Jackie Kennedy (Atomic Gold & Black) by Russell Young
Jackie Kennedy (Atomic Gold & Black) by Russell Young
2011
Jackie Kennedy Atomic Silver & Black by Russell Young
Jackie Kennedy (Atomic Silver & Black) by Russell Young
Jackie Kennedy (Atomic Silver & Black) by Russell Young
2011
Russell Young, Kate Moss, Rose, diamond dust, canvas
Kate Moss Superstar (Rose) by Russell Young
Kate Moss Superstar (Rose) by Russell Young
2015
elizabeth taylor, russell young
Liz Taylor (Atomic Silver) by Russell Young
Liz Taylor (Atomic Silver) by Russell Young
2013
Russell Young, Kate Moss, Blue, diamond dust, canvas
Kate Moss Superstar (Blue) by Russell Young
Kate Moss Superstar (Blue) by Russell Young
2015
frank sinatra, russell young
Frank Sinatra by Russell Young
Frank Sinatra by Russell Young
2013
Liz Taylor (Blue) by Russell Young
Liz Taylor (Blue) by Russell Young
Liz Taylor (Blue) by Russell Young
2013
Liz Taylor by Russell Young
Liz Taylor (Cream & Pink) by Russell Young
Liz Taylor (Cream & Pink) by Russell Young
2011
Coco-Chanel by Russell Young
Coco Chanel by Russell Young
Coco Chanel by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Young Kate Moss (back) by Russell Young
Young Kate Moss (back) by Russell Young
2013
Russell Young, young, popular
Iggy Pop Backbend by Russell Young
Iggy Pop Backbend by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Untitled Photograph by Russell Young
Untitled Photograph by Russell Young
Russell Young, young, popular
Steve McQueen by Russell Young
Steve McQueen by Russell Young
2002 ed of 5
Russell Young, young, popular
Sophia Loren by Russell Young
Sophia Loren by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Sid Vicious (Yellow) by Russell Young
Sid Vicious (Yellow) by Russell Young
2007
Russell Young, young, popular
Rolling Stone, Stephen Stills by Russell Young
Rolling Stone, Stephen Stills by Russell Young
2006
Russell Young, young, popular
Mick Jagger 1967 by Russell Young
Mick Jagger 1967 by Russell Young
2011
Russell Young, young, popular
Mick Jagger Pink by Russell Young
Mick Jagger Pink by Russell Young
2011
Russell Young, young, popular
Mick Jagger with Red lips 2 by Russell Young
Mick Jagger with Red lips 2 by Russell Young
2008
Russell Young, young, popular
Mick Jagger with Red lips by Russell Young
Mick Jagger with Red lips by Russell Young
2011
Russell Young, young, popular
Martin Luther King Jr. by Russell Young
Martin Luther King Jr. by Russell Young
2005 ed of 10
Russell Young, young, popular
Marlon Brando Red (Bike) by Russell Young
Marlon Brando Red (Bike) by Russell Young
2009
Russell Young, young, popular
Liz (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) by Russell Young
Liz (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) by Russell Young
2005 ed of 50
Russell Young, young, popular
Liz (B&W) by Russell Young
Liz (B&W) by Russell Young
2008
Russell Young, young, popular
Marlon Brando BW (Bike) by Russell Young
Marlon Brando BW (Bike) by Russell Young
2009
Russell Young, young, popular
Kate Moss Pink by Russell Young
Kate Moss Pink by Russell Young
2007
Russell Young, young, popular
Kate + Pete by Russell Young
Kate + Pete by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Jon Voight by Russell Young
Jon Voight by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Jim Morrison Blue by Russell Young
Jim Morrison Blue by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Jim Morrison Tan by Russell Young
Jim Morrison Tan by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Jackie Kennedy Pink by Russell Young
Jackie Kennedy Pink by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Elvis by Russell Young
Elvis by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Easy Rider by Russell Young
Easy Rider by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
David Bowie (Pink) by Russell Young
David Bowie (Pink) by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
David Bowie by Russell Young
David Bowie by Russell Young
2010
Russell Young, young, popular
Coco Chanel Magenta by Russell Young
Coco Chanel Magenta by Russell Young
2010
russell young, young, popular
Young Ali Gold by Russell Young
Young Ali Gold by Russell Young
2010
frank sinatra, russell young
Frank Sinatra (B&W) by Russell Young
Frank Sinatra (B&W) by Russell Young
2013
kate moss, russell young
Young Kate Moss by Russell Young
Young Kate Moss by Russell Young
2013
Elizabeth taylor, russell young
Liz (Atomic Gold) by Russell Young
Liz (Atomic Gold) by Russell Young
2013
russell young, james dean, icons by Russell Young
James Dean (Atomic Silver) by Russell Young
James Dean (Atomic Silver) by Russell Young
2013
russellyoung, young, fashion, popular, Pink James Dean by Russell Young
Pink James Dean by Russell Young
Pink James Dean by Russell Young
2013
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Young Muhammad Ali by Russell Young
Young Muhammad Ali by Russell Young
2010
russell young, grace kelly
Grace Kelly by Russell Young
Grace Kelly by Russell Young
2010
kurt cobain, russell young
Kurt Cobain by Russell Young
Kurt Cobain by Russell Young
2009