James Spencer Russell Signed 1957 Mixed Media Collage and Watercolor


A 1957 mixed media collage and watercolor by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Black watercolor brushstrokes are juxtaposed next to yellow, black, and gray collaged paper in this abstract work. Signed and dated "James Russell 1957" to the bottom right corner, this work is displayed in a black frame with a dark gray mat. 

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. 



27.25” x 21” x 2” (frame); 23.25” x 17.5” (sight).

Condition notes:

Toning and buckling to the paper. Crease in the paper left center. Two pinholes to paper right center. Glue from collage visible. Some foxing spots present to the paper. Scratches present to the frame.

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