Selected Works

Russell Young was born in 1959, in York, England.

Young, a British-American artist studied photography, film and graphic design at the Chester Art College and later attended Exeter Art College. He moved to London and gained recognition photographing the early live club shows in the late 1970s of Bauhaus, R.E.M. and the Smiths, and with editorial work for magazines including BLITZ, for which he several front covers. During this period he shot portraits of Morrissey, Björk, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, New Order, Diana Ross, Paul Newman. In 1986, he shot the ‘Faith’ sleeve for George Michael. In the following ten years he directed more than 100 music videos during the heyday of MTV.

Young is best known for his large-scale silkscreen paintings of cultural icons. The artist is heavily influenced of by Pop Art pioneer Andy Warhol, Young owns a printmaking press once used by Warhol. Young enrolled at the Chester Art College and the Exeter College of Art, where he studied graphic design, drawing, film, and photography. Moving to London to work as a photographer’s assistant afforded him an entrée into the world of commercial photography. As his reputation for celebrity portraiture grew, Young relocated to Los Angeles where he was soon directing music videos. In the 1990s, he moved away from photography to follow a new found interest in painting.

Relocating to New York in 2000, Young captured the attention of the art world in 2003 with his Pig Portraits, a series of silk screens depicting celebrity mugshots which comment on the dark side of fame. He currently lives and works between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY with his wife the actress Finola Hughes.