James Spencer Russell Signed “Sengai #3” Abstract Charcoal Drawing


An abstract charcoal drawing by the American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Titled Sengai #3, this abstract work features the overlapped outlines of a square, triangle, and circle. Signed to the lower right, the drawing is titled to the lower left and is displayed in a black frame.

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. 



33.5” x 27.5” x 1.25” (frame); 29” x 23” (paper).

Condition notes:

Scratches and scuffs to the frame. Some toning/discoloration to the paper. Charcoal smudges present. Other stray marks on the paper present.

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