Russell's landscape-based abstract paintings are concerned with layering and texture to produce almost archaeological substrata appearing quarried from the raw materials of the landscape itself. I use collage and small obsessively detailed areas of drawing to build up surfaces that have both formal compositional elements and take advantage of chance occurrences in the painterly process.
My time as a painter is split between a studio in mid Devon and a workspace in West Brittany, both elemental areas that provide the basis for many of my works. I am deeply interested in the light and colour that reside in the wild places, from the sea cliffs of West Brittany to the moorlands of Devon, I attempt to synthesise the many elements of a place into a final work building complex surfaces using layering techniques, retaining both detail and clarity, and creating a charged union of the formal and textural aspects. The division of the painted space using a ‘horizon’ is a strong theme in the work, depicting both an actual line of disappearance and acting as a metaphor for the balance that resides in the natural world
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Image on right:'Moon over Blackdown' oil on board. 40 x 40cms. £1,200