About Richard Russell ( BIO)

Having sold over 1,000 Russell original paintings, this artist is noRichard Russell newcomer to the art scene.  In fact, his career got started in several upper end New York galleries.

As for Russell's paintings, there is a certain uniqueness, that makes the music he portrays, blast from the canvas. Most people cannot see sound. In Russell's works, the sound is visible through splatters of paint. Vibrant colors in an almost Pollack style, shoot from the instruments of Russell's musicians!

Russell has donated to well over 100 different charities, and done many official prints and posters. He is also in many fine art galleries.

Bryant Museum
Mr. Russell discusses some of his techniques with Museum director Ken Gaddy. The above original painting was unveiled November, 1st 2008 as part of University of Alabama's Homecoming celebration. The watercolor and acrylic is titled "The Eyes of the Tide are Upon You." The piece will remain in the permanent collection of the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, AL

Painting in the Window

Auburn  art Window
Richard at his Solo show at Auburn Art in Auburn. He painted an original in the
window and received some help from several 3-9 year old budding artists!


Notes from Richard:  
I spend most of my time in my studio. I like to work after dinner to early the next morning. That way there are fewer interruptions. I usually work while listening to TV. I listen and watch CNN to stay current, but my favorite TV to paint to is football. That really keeps me in the spirit of University artwork.

When I am not painting, I am usually on the computer. I have been a MAC guy since day one. I spend a lot of time using PhotoShop to make sure that my prints are better looking than the originals. I have a great printer that can print on both paper and canvas. I do quite a bit of research and correspondence on computer.

I use the work table to stretch canvases and touch up prints. I usually work on one original at a time, and spend lots of time hand embellishing prints.

I like to paint on a vertical wall. The work is viewed vertically, so it helps me to paint it that way. Every 2-3 years I take down the masonite panel that I paint on and sell it as an abstract.

These are the Three Amigos. They keep me company. They cannot paint, but have been known to urinate on my work. Everybody thinks they are a critic!

Richard Russell - BIO:

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. In 2008, Russell sold over 5,000 prints.


2010 “The Championship Season-Having a Ball”  in the permanent collection of  the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN

2009 Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

 2008 “Eyes of the Tide original on permanent display at Bear Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, AL

 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

1985-1986 Cobb Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1983-1986 Stuart Gallery, New York, New York



                   2009 Commission of 5 originals for Inverness Country Club

                   2007 Licensed artist for the University of Auburn in Auburn, AL

                   2007 Author for the foreword of The Birmingham Sketchbook

                   2007 Licensed artist for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

                   2007Author and illustrator of The Bama Fan Book

                   2007-present Official Artist of Vulcan Birthday Bash-Birmingham, AL

                   2005 Official Artist of Do Dah Day -Birmingham, AL

                   2004 Commission for the lobby and prints in every room of The St. Christopher Hotel in New Orleans

                   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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