Brian Russell

“Sculpture is a vital element in our visual environment. The creation of objects that exist in three dimensions whose purpose is to stimulate reflection, meditation, awe and amusement is as unique to humans as it is ancient. I create works that will live harmoniously in the world as independent functionaries of society.”

Brian Russell

From: Tennessee | Medium: Cast Glass and Forged Metal Sculptures

Brian Russell creates one of a kind sculptures from cast glass and forged metals. Producing works for both interiors and the landscape on a residential and corporate scale Brian Russell draws inspiration from the rhythms of nature, ancient artifacts, mathematics, science and, ultimately, his imagination. Brian was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee where he graduated as valedictorian. He studied for two years at Oberlin College in Ohio before heading to his home state to attend Rhodes College where he graduated cum laude. He has since created special pieces for his alma mater.

Over the next twenty years, Russell continued learning and perfecting his craft. He has collaborated with artists around the world including a short time in New Zealand as a Visiting Foreign Artist. He has since been working as an independent professional studio artist in Arlington, Tennessee where he maintains a studio and sculpture garden. Brian Russell is represented by many galleries including The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Brian Russell

Artist Statement

“Sculpture is a vital element in our visual environment. The creation of objects that exist in three dimensions whose purpose is to stimulate reflection, meditation, awe and amusement is as unique to humans as it is ancient. I create works that will live harmoniously in the world as independent functionaries of society.

I draw inspiration from forms and rhythms in nature, ancient artifacts, mathematics and science, distilling these influences into abstract points of intersection. My aim on a public scale is to involve the viewer, to interject into the world points of beauty, interest and spontaneity. I want people to use my sculpture as an excuse to mentally shift to another level of consciousness, above the daily hubbub, even for a moment, and to reconnect with themselves via that primal, emotional, cortex-controlled spasm of an encounter with an unexpected oasis in a visual desert.

On a personal level creating sculpture is an endless connected series of experiments. Technical matters drive visual possibilities. Imaginings require research into materials and techniques. The act of physically manipulating substances informs the entire thought process. Knowledge of process induces parameters and frees the mind. The daily work ethic gives total responsibility over the outcome. The path is long and winding and where it leads I will follow.”

Awards

Merit Award, TACA 1992 Biennial, Nashville, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Best Of Tennessee Art Competition, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, purchase award, 2001 

Exhibits

Tennessee State Museum
Rhodes College Ceremonial Mace
Ballet Memphis and Memphis Arts Council
Energy Capital Partners, New York City
Piedmont Natural Gas, North Carolina

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