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Artist Statement:

My mentor was Richard Brough. Mr. Brough was my graphics teacher at University of Alabama in 1979, but more important, he made a deal with me. I was so bad at drawing a straight line, that I had a “D” in graphics. He made me promise to pursue fine art and never take graphics again. In return, he would give me a “C” in graphics. Mr. Brough also happened to be a great watercolor artist.

When people ask what kind of work I do, I respond, “It’s Norman Rockwell meets Leroy Neiman”. I paint people and places that you may see anywhere at any given time. I just add a bit of a splash to it.

Richard Russell

BORN: Peterborough, England, 1960

Russell was raised in Birmingham, Al. He resided in New Orleans, LA until hurricane Katrina uprooted the family. He then moved back to Birmingham in 2005.

EXHIBITIONS:

 2007Officially licensed by University of Alabama and Auburn University

 2006-2008 Griffith Gallery

 2006 Rockefeller Center Art Show New York, New York

 2006 Russell also exhibited in Chicago, Boca Raton, Detroit, Houston, New
           Orleans and Birmingham

 2002-2005 Alexander & Victor Gallery, New Orleans

 2002-2005 Gallery of Light, New Orleans

1991 Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Birmingham, Alabama

1990-2002 Richard Russell Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

1990 City Stages Music Festival, Birmingham, Alabama

1988 153 Gallery, New York, New York

1988 International Art Exposition, Los Angeles, CA

1987-1990 Richard Russell Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1986-1987 Turning Point Design Gallery Atlanta, GA

1986-1990 International Art Exposition, New York, New York

1987-1990 Soundview Galleries, Port Jefferson, New York

1986 The Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1985-1986 Cobb Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1983-1986 Stuart Gallery, New York, New York

 

HONORS & AWARDS:

                 2007 Author for the foreword of The Birmingham Sketchbook

                 2007Author and illustrator of The Bama Fan Book

                  2007 Official Artist of 103rd Vulc      
         
  
                  2005 Official Artist of Do Dah Day -Birmingham, AL

                   2004 Official Artist of The St. Christopher Hotel

                   1991 Official Artist for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

                   1990 Official Artist for the City Stages Music Festival

                   1988 Official Artist for the Alabama Symphony

                   1986 Marquis Who’s Who Award

                    1985 Outstanding Young Americans Award for Achievements
                              in the Arts

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