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James Spencer Russell Signed Graphite Drawing


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A graphite drawing by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). This tessellated drawing is comprised of sixteen right triangles which each contain a separate image. The textures include fingerprints, abstract repeated lines, facial features and letters. All of the triangles come together to form a quilt-like square composition. Signed "James Russell" to the lower right hand corner. Three of the edges of the drawing are flush with the edge of the paper.

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” (paper); 23” x 23” (drawing).

Condition notes:

Discoloration to the edges of the paper, most notable near the top left corner. Some smudges and stray marks near the image. Artist guidelines marks to verso.

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