Russell Young began his artistic career studying photography, film and graphic art at the Chester Art College. He was taken on as an assistant for Australian photographer Christos Raftopoulos, who met Young while he was living on the streets of London, homeless. The artist pursued his career in photography by immersing himself into British nightlife, in his own projects shooting live club shows of well-known musical artists such as R.E.M. and the Smiths. This exposure helped him to land work photographing for magazines, album covers, and portraits of famous artists and celebrities such as Morrissey, Bjork, Springsteen, Dylan, New Order, and Diana Ross.
Young’s artistic output embraces painting, screen printing, sculpture, installations and film. Most important to him are the titles, the crops, and the progression from darkness to light, reflecting his transition from painful early years in northern England to warmth, growth and fulfilled potential under the sunnier skies of America.
Young has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after pop artists, collected by the very celebrities he so frequently depicts on canvas. Young also attracted controversy in 2008 when he created and sold a chilling portrait of Kate Moss and her then-boyfriend depicted as the infamous Moors Murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.
His success has been partly fuelled by the huge interest from the world’s biggest celebrities, who regularly pop into his home to buy his work personally.
Russell Young’s artworks adorn the homes of President Obama, Brad Pitt, and David Bowie, and his popularity continues to rise among British and American collectors.