James Spencer Russell Signed Graphite Drawing


A graphite drawing by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Signed to the lower right, the drawing illustrates a casually dressed gentleman holding a shopping bag facing a sign depicting logograms. "Sengai Tea and Cake. The tea is served by Joshu; the cake by Ummon", is hand-scribed to the lower left. 

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. 



23” x 29”.

Condition notes:

Smudges and some discoloration to the paper. Some wear around the edges. There is a spot on the paper to the lower center.

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