James Spencer Russell Found Object Wooden Assemblage


A found object wooden assemblage by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). The work is square with a diamond-shaped composition at the center and features numerous found objects including nails, fabric, wood, and sheet metal. Russell has splattered blue paint across the top right corner. The neutral color scheme of the work is disrupted by a single red piece. The work is unsigned. 

Born in Monticello, Indiana, Russell was interested in art from a young age but was directed into pursuing a military career by his family. As a young person, he attended a military academy, became a celebrated codebreaker during WWII, and even received a scholarship to attend WestPoint. However, Russell's interest in art eventually led him to abandon his military pursuits and try to make it in the art world instead. After working as an NBC set designer after WWII, he turned his attention to becoming a full-time artist. During the 1960s, he started exhibiting his works alongside artists who would later come to characterize the art scene at the time, including Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. He later moved back to Indiana where he continued to create art until his death in 2000. 



31.75” x 31.75” x 6”.

Condition notes:

Scratches, discoloration, and other wear to the frame. Intentional rust, discoloration, chips, and other wear to the found objects.

Shipping Disclaimer:

Due to the size or weight of this item, oversized shipping rates apply. Please contact us to discuss shipping options, get a shipping quote, or to discuss local pickup.