James Spencer Russell Signed Mixed Media Wall Assemblage


A signed assemblage triptych wall sculpture by the American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Signed "James Russell" to the verso, this piece features 17 small wood vessels mounted with circular paper cutouts embossed with the letter R affixed to each. Each assemblage is framed with white wood.

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.



20.5”x 4.5” x 3” (single piece, all pieces measure about the same).

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear. Scratches, scuffs, and discoloration to the wooden frame. Toning and tears to the embossed paper pieces. Other discoloration and wear present.

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