Robert Russell

Robert Russell consistently addresses ideas of memory, iconography, and mortality in a personal language that is attentive to beauty, the history of painting, and the role of photography. Best known for his photorealism, Russell’s latest paintings are marked by a distinct soft focus indicative of the tenderness, personal affection, and emotional depth with which he approaches his subject. Set against a field of velvety black and decorated with blooming flowers, the gleaming porcelain bouquets seem to invoke the poignancy of memento mori and vanitas paintings, reminders of life’s fragility.

Robert Russell (b. 1971) completed his MFA at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include The Cabin, Los Angeles; Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, B.C.; LA><ART, Los Angeles; François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Big Pond Artworks, Munich; and Osmos, New York. He has been included in numerous group shows in Los Angeles including Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Material Press MOCA LA, and M+B Gallery. Russell lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Teacups, January 23 – March 6, 2021

Book Paintings, April 27 – June 1, 2019

More. Moore. More., March 17 – April 28, 2018

Mr Robert Russell

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2006
MFA California Institute of the Arts
1994
BFA Rhode Island School of Design

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Teacups, Anat Ebgi Culver City, Los Angeles, CA
2019
Book Paintings, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
2018
Moore. More. Moore., AE2, Los Angeles, CA
2016
Lisa, The Cabin LA, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Tonic Immobility, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Amateurs, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
Sein und Schein, Big Pond Artworks, Curated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Munich, Germany
2013
Paintings of Men Named Robert Russell, Osmos Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings of Men Named Robert Russell, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Masters, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Scattershot, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Pink, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Recent Work, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Skaters, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2002
Eight Gardeners, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001
After Images, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions

2020
Good Company: Pt. 1, Anat Ebgi Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
2019
Frieze LA, with Anat Ebgi, Los Ageles, CA
The Conversation, Anat Ebgi at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
2018
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2016
Perfect Day, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Art of Politics, Pasadena Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Loosely Bound: Launch of Material Press
Performance of Men Named Robert Russell for Material Press, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Manifest Justice, Los Angeles, CA
2013
P&CO, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
SecondGuest, New York, NY
Los Angeles Contemporary Tendencies, Curated by Annka Kultys, Helene Bailly Galleri, Paris, FR
2011
The New Verisimilitude, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Brussels, Belgium
The Los Angeles Initiative, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
On Forgery, Curated by Andrew Berardini and Lesley Moon, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Portugal Arte 10, Billboard Project, Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal Arte 10, California Dreamin, Lisbon, Portugal
2009
Dilettantes, Dandies and DivasGavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
2008
Salon ARS LIBRI 500, The Cartin Colection, Boston, MA
Going Out of Business, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Distinctive Messengers, Curated by Simon Watson and Craig Hensala, House of Campari, Venice, CA
2006
Farewell to Icon, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The 2nd Annual L.A. Weekly Biennial, MFA WMDs, Selections from LA Schools, Curated by Tom Christie and Holly Meyers, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Collisions & Pileups: CalArts 2006 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Armory Northwest, Los Angeles, CA
Nightmares of Summer, Marcello Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
2001
The World of Figure, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000
The Changing Face of Portraiture, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Publications and Press

2021
Aton, Francesca. "Artist Robert Russell Discusses Memorializing Teacups and Their Owners in His Photorealistic Paintings." ARTnews. February 25, 2021 (Link)
Zellen, Jody. "Gallery Rounds: Robert Russell." artillery. February 17, 2021. (Link)
Stromberg, Matt and Elisa Wouk Almino. "Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for February 2021." Hyperallergic. February 3, 2021 (Link)
“Teacups” An Exhibition by Robert Russell at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles." Purple Magazine. February 1, 2021 (Link)
2019
Simmons, Jessica. "Robert Russell at Anat Ebgi." CARLA. May 22, 2019. (Link)
Pagel, David. "Review: In Robert Russell’s ‘Book Paintings,’ what you see is not what you get." Los Angeles Times. May 14, 2019 [Print] (Link)
Zellen, Jody. "Robert Russell Infusing Reproductions With New Life." Art NOW LA. May 17, 2019. (Link)
"Book Paintings" at Anat Ebgi. Wall Street International Magazine. May 3, 2019. (Link)
Nys Dambrot, Shana. "Meet an Artist Monday: Robert Russell." LA Weekly. April 22, 2019. (Link)
2013
“Robert Russell: Men Who are Named Robert Russell”, Osmos Magazine, Spring 2013
Mizota, Sharon, “Review: Robert Russell examines potency of a name in the Google age” Los Angeles Times July 25 2013
Wagley, Catherine, “His Name is My Name, Too” LA Weekly July 24, 2013
Frank, Priscilla, “Men Who are Named Robert Russell' Is Exactly What It Sounds Like” Huffington Post July 26 2013
Malone, Tyler "One of Many Robert Russells", PMC Magazine Fall 2013
2012
Socarras, Jorge, “Robert Russell” The Omen Magazine Issue 09 2012
2011
Goldman, Edward, “The Art of Twisting and Turning Reality As We Know It” KCRW, April 2011
Zellen. Jody, “Robert Russell : Masters” Artwrit May 2011
2007
Tumlir, Jan, “Robert Russell”, Artforum May Issue, 2007
Knight, Christopher "45 Painters Under 45," Los Angeles Times December 2, 2007
Bedford, Christopher, “Robert Russell”, Artforum.com Critics Picks, March 15, 2007
2006
Christie, Tom, and Holly Myers, "Afterschool Art", LA Weekly. September 6, 2006
2005
Knight, Christopher "Bacon, Pork and just plain piggy," Los Angeles Times June 10, 2005
2003
Juxtapoz Magazine "Showstoppers", July August 2003
Myers, Holly "Where internal, external meet," Los Angeles Times, February, 28 2003
2001
New American Paintings, Volume XXXI, January 2001
Los Angeles Times, Calendar, January 4, 2001
Artweek, Volume 32, February 2001

Artist in Residence

Burrard Arts Foundation Vancouver, BC Canada

Robert Russell

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Robert Russell Teacup #16, 2021
Oil on canvas on panel 48 x 48 inches / 121.9 x 121.9 cm
Robert Russell Teacup #16, 2021
Detail
Robert Russell Teacup #8, 2020
Oil on canvas 60 x 72 inches / 152.4 x 182.9 cm
Robert Russell Teacup #8, 2020
Detail
Robert Russell Teacups, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell Teacup #15, 2020
Oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches / 121.9 x 121.9
Robert Russell Teacup #15, 2020
Detail
Robert Russell Teacups, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell Teacup #10, 2020
Oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches / 152.4 x 152.4 cm
Robert Russell Teacups, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell Teacup #9, 2020
Oil on canvas 60 x 72" [HxW] (152.4 x 182.88 cm) Inventory #RR1110
Robert Russell Teacups, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell Teacup #5, 2020
Oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches / 121.9 x 121.9 cm
Robert Russell Teacup #7, 2020
Oil on canvas 60 x 72 inches / 152.4 x 182.9 cm
Robert Russell 4.27.2020, 2020
Oil on canvas 22 x 28 inches / 55.9 x 71.1 cm
Robert Russell 4.24.2020, 2020 Oil on canvas 60 x 72" [HxW] (152.4 x 182.88 cm) Inventory #RR1098
Robert Russell Cloudform 6/8/2020, 2020 Oil on canvas on panel 20 x 24" [HxW] (50.8 x 60.96 cm) Inventory #RR1100
Robert Russell Piet Mondrian Catalogue, 2020 Oil on canvas 60 x 72" [HxW] (152.4 x 182.88 cm) Inventory #RR1090
Robert Russell Gerhard Richter Catalogue, 2019 Oil on canvas 24 x 30" [HxW] (60.96 x 76.2 cm) Inventory #RR1086
Robert Russell Gerhard Richter Catalogue, 2019 Oil on canvas 24 x 30" [HxW] (60.96 x 76.2 cm) Inventory #RR1086
Robert Russell Richter Catalogue 4, 2019 Oil on canvas 48 x 60" [HxW] (121.92 x 152.4 cm) Inventory #RR1066
Robert Russell Book Paintings, 2019, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell Book Paintings, 2019, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Catalogue, 2019 Oil on canvas 48 x 60" [HxW] (121.92 x 152.4 cm) Inventory #RR1070
Robert Russell Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Catalogue, 2019 Oil on canvas 48 x 60" [HxW] (121.92 x 152.4 cm) Inventory #RR1070
Robert Russell Josef Albers Catalogue, 2019 Oil on canvas 60 x 72" [HxW] (152.4 x 182.88 cm) Inventory #RR1076
Robert Russell Book Paintings, 2019, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Robert Russell John Currin Catalogue, 2019 Oil on canvas 48 x 60" [HxW] (121.92 x 152.4 cm) Inventory #RR1074
Robert Russell Currin Catalogue, 2018 Oil on canvas 30 x 40" [HxW] (76.2 x 101.6 cm) Inventory #RR1065
Robert Russell Philip Guston Catalogue #3, 2019 Oil on canvas 24" x 30" [HxW] (60.96 x 76.2 cm) Inventory #RR1085
Robert Russell Marilyn, 2018 Oil on canvas 20 x 16" [HxW] (50.8 x 40.64 cm) Inventory #RR1028
Robert Russell Lewitt Pinched, 2017 Graphite on panel 14 x 11" [HxW] (35.56 x 27.94 cm) Inventory #RR1038
Robert Russell Dumb David, 2018 Oil on canvas 14 x 11" [HxW] (35.56 x 27.94 cm) Inventory #RR1034
Robert Russell Warhol Pinched, 2018 Oil on canvas 36 x 18" [HxW] (91.44 x 45.72 cm) Inventory #RR1010

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Russell consistently addresses ideas of memory, iconography, and mortality in a personal language that is attentive to beauty, the history of painting, and the role of photography. Best known for his photorealism, Russell’s latest paintings are marked by a distinct soft focus indicative of the tenderness, personal affection, and emotional depth with which he approaches his subject. Set against a field of velvety black and decorated with blooming flowers, the gleaming porcelain bouquets seem to invoke the poignancy of memento mori and vanitas paintings, reminders of life’s fragility.

Robert Russell (b. 1971) completed his MFA at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include The Cabin, Los Angeles; Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, B.C.; LA><ART, Los Angeles; François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Big Pond Artworks, Munich; and Osmos, New York. He has been included in numerous group shows in Los Angeles including Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Material Press MOCA LA, and M+B Gallery. Russell lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Teacups, January 23 – March 6, 2021

Book Paintings, April 27 – June 1, 2019

More. Moore. More., March 17 – April 28, 2018

CV

Mr Robert Russell

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2006
MFA California Institute of the Arts
1994
BFA Rhode Island School of Design

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Teacups, Anat Ebgi Culver City, Los Angeles, CA
2019
Book Paintings, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
2018
Moore. More. Moore., AE2, Los Angeles, CA
2016
Lisa, The Cabin LA, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Tonic Immobility, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Amateurs, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
Sein und Schein, Big Pond Artworks, Curated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Munich, Germany
2013
Paintings of Men Named Robert Russell, Osmos Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings of Men Named Robert Russell, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Masters, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Scattershot, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Pink, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Recent Work, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Skaters, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2002
Eight Gardeners, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001
After Images, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions

2020
Good Company: Pt. 1, Anat Ebgi Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
2019
Frieze LA, with Anat Ebgi, Los Ageles, CA
The Conversation, Anat Ebgi at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
2018
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2016
Perfect Day, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Art of Politics, Pasadena Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Loosely Bound: Launch of Material Press
Performance of Men Named Robert Russell for Material Press, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Manifest Justice, Los Angeles, CA
2013
P&CO, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
SecondGuest, New York, NY
Los Angeles Contemporary Tendencies, Curated by Annka Kultys, Helene Bailly Galleri, Paris, FR
2011
The New Verisimilitude, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Brussels, Belgium
The Los Angeles Initiative, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
On Forgery, Curated by Andrew Berardini and Lesley Moon, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Portugal Arte 10, Billboard Project, Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal Arte 10, California Dreamin, Lisbon, Portugal
2009
Dilettantes, Dandies and DivasGavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
2008
Salon ARS LIBRI 500, The Cartin Colection, Boston, MA
Going Out of Business, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Distinctive Messengers, Curated by Simon Watson and Craig Hensala, House of Campari, Venice, CA
2006
Farewell to Icon, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The 2nd Annual L.A. Weekly Biennial, MFA WMDs, Selections from LA Schools, Curated by Tom Christie and Holly Meyers, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Collisions & Pileups: CalArts 2006 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Armory Northwest, Los Angeles, CA
Nightmares of Summer, Marcello Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
2001
The World of Figure, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000
The Changing Face of Portraiture, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Publications and Press

2021
Aton, Francesca. "Artist Robert Russell Discusses Memorializing Teacups and Their Owners in His Photorealistic Paintings." ARTnews. February 25, 2021 (Link)
Zellen, Jody. "Gallery Rounds: Robert Russell." artillery. February 17, 2021. (Link)
Stromberg, Matt and Elisa Wouk Almino. "Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for February 2021." Hyperallergic. February 3, 2021 (Link)
“Teacups” An Exhibition by Robert Russell at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles." Purple Magazine. February 1, 2021 (Link)
2019
Simmons, Jessica. "Robert Russell at Anat Ebgi." CARLA. May 22, 2019. (Link)
Pagel, David. "Review: In Robert Russell’s ‘Book Paintings,’ what you see is not what you get." Los Angeles Times. May 14, 2019 [Print] (Link)
Zellen, Jody. "Robert Russell Infusing Reproductions With New Life." Art NOW LA. May 17, 2019. (Link)
"Book Paintings" at Anat Ebgi. Wall Street International Magazine. May 3, 2019. (Link)
Nys Dambrot, Shana. "Meet an Artist Monday: Robert Russell." LA Weekly. April 22, 2019. (Link)
2013
“Robert Russell: Men Who are Named Robert Russell”, Osmos Magazine, Spring 2013
Mizota, Sharon, “Review: Robert Russell examines potency of a name in the Google age” Los Angeles Times July 25 2013
Wagley, Catherine, “His Name is My Name, Too” LA Weekly July 24, 2013
Frank, Priscilla, “Men Who are Named Robert Russell' Is Exactly What It Sounds Like” Huffington Post July 26 2013
Malone, Tyler "One of Many Robert Russells", PMC Magazine Fall 2013
2012
Socarras, Jorge, “Robert Russell” The Omen Magazine Issue 09 2012
2011
Goldman, Edward, “The Art of Twisting and Turning Reality As We Know It” KCRW, April 2011
Zellen. Jody, “Robert Russell : Masters” Artwrit May 2011
2007
Tumlir, Jan, “Robert Russell”, Artforum May Issue, 2007
Knight, Christopher "45 Painters Under 45," Los Angeles Times December 2, 2007
Bedford, Christopher, “Robert Russell”, Artforum.com Critics Picks, March 15, 2007
2006
Christie, Tom, and Holly Myers, "Afterschool Art", LA Weekly. September 6, 2006
2005
Knight, Christopher "Bacon, Pork and just plain piggy," Los Angeles Times June 10, 2005
2003
Juxtapoz Magazine "Showstoppers", July August 2003
Myers, Holly "Where internal, external meet," Los Angeles Times, February, 28 2003
2001
New American Paintings, Volume XXXI, January 2001
Los Angeles Times, Calendar, January 4, 2001
Artweek, Volume 32, February 2001

Artist in Residence

Burrard Arts Foundation Vancouver, BC Canada