Twenty years ago Russell Young was a new photographer who got a break into the big leagues with his cover of George Michael’s Faith album. After directing music videos and snapping pics of the largest icons in the movie and music industries, he decided to try his hand in screenprinting and painting. Today he is a innovative painter whose works sells for anywhere from $6000-$25,000 and are featured in the homes of people all over the world including the White House. The England born artist now splits time in New York and L.A. where he works with may charities inluding Art of Elysium, a non-profit that allows working actors, artists and musicians to volunteer time and talent to children who are fighting serious medical conditions. They work on acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing to provide relief and entertainment to the kids.
I love his paintings, but I really love that he takes the time to give back to his community in such an inspiring way! To learn more about Art of Elysium go to http://artofelysium.org and check out some of Russell’s work below from his “Pig Portrait” series as well as a few others: