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James Spencer Russell Signed Mixed Media Wall Assemblage


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A mixed media wall assemblage by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000).  Signed verso, this work is texturally dense at the top of the composition with intentional distressing throughout. The sandy texture of the black background continues onto the black wooden frame. Earthy tones of black, brown, and pink are used by the artist. 

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. 


4.5” x 16.5” x 1.25”.

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear. Scratches and scuffs to the frame. Intentional wear to the salvaged materials.

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