James Spencer Russell Signed Abstract Graphite Drawing
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A graphite drawing by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). A plethora of squares conjoin to form depictions of rhythm-inspired shapes. The lower portion of the drawing is signed "D.M.I. i James Russell".
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 Lichenstein. He later moved back to Indiana where he continued to create art until his death in 2000.
29” x 23”.
Smudges and other wear to the paper. Some discoloration to the paper. Some wear to the edges.
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