Ten years into his career, Young started painting, but his work remained private. In 2003, Young showed his first series of paintings called Pig Portraits which were all immediately sold. Young has risen to become an internationally acclaimed pop artist, creating larger than life silkscreen paintings of images from history and pop culture.
“My work is sort of the soundtrack to my life, loves, experiences and influences. My method of working is to search, destroy and create. The images in this series have been collected from newspaper cuttings, eBay, lengthy communications with police departments around the world and even from celebrities themselves. The idea to create “anti-celebrity” portraits was probably a reaction to my former career. However, they turned out to be even more beautiful and iconic. There is undeniably this attitude that is very real, in your face, a beauty that is hard to ignore. These would be my heroes that are missing from Art History.”
Russell Young has risen to become one of the most collected and sought after artists of our time. Celebrities and the most discriminating collectors including President Barack Obama, the Getty family, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hockney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Bowie and Abby Rosen have added Russell’s works to their collections. His larger than life screen-print images from history and popular culture are compelling, daunting, and undeniable.