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Art and Art History Program

Department of Visual & Literary Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3138

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-3269

Email: faoffice@uwyo.edu

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Art and Art History Program

Doug Russell

Professor: Drawing

Email: drussell@uwyo.edu • Website: russellfineart.com
Office: VA 236

B.F.A., Columbia College, 1990. 
M.A., University of Iowa, 1995.
M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1996. 

 

About

Doug Russell is a visual artist who lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Missoula Art Museum, the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Bozeman, MT, the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions including The Big Draw at the William Havu Gallery in Denver, The Architecture of an Idea at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Evidence and Residues: An Investigation of Contemporary Drawing at Indiana State University, and three International Drawing Annuals (INDA) published through Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center. His work is in several permanent collections, including The Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. He currently holds the position of Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming where he is coordinator of the Drawing program.

 

Artist Statement

Working within the tradition of the architectural capriccio, I build and draw improvised and invented realities born out of my love of direct observational drawing and of architectural forms and organic structures. With fragments continually piling up, expanding, collapsing, and disappearing, and re-emerging – the imagery and process express the perpetual cycle of hopeful human construction and the inevitable erosion of intentions. This work began over twenty years ago while living and working in Turkey, a dense and layered landscape of ruin and renewal. The Ebb and Flow series aims to capture the compressed nature of this human physical history in all of its overlapping confusion. In the Upon all of their tomorrows… Series I combined the more familiar (to me) Greek and Roman ruins of Turkey with new experiences among the ruins of the Angkor sites in Cambodia. My series The Persistence of Ruin uses layers of Mylar and Plexiglas to create an obscured atmospheric and deep space. The imagery combines content from my time in Turkey and Cambodia with newer sources from my travels in Bali and Java, Indonesia. In the most recent House Plant series I depict the familiar architectural vernacular of American ranch and split level suburban houses in bright sunlight and strong colors. 

 

 Samples of Work:


Icon for "The Persistence of Ruins" 1 - Drawing by Doug Russell Icon for "The Persistence of Ruins" 2 - Drawing by Doug Russell Icon for "House Plant" 1 - Drawing by Doug Russell


Icon for "House Plant" 2 - Drawing by Doug Russell Icon for "Upon All of Their Tomorrows" 1 - Drawing by Doug Russell Icon for "Upon All of Their Tomorrows" 2 - Drawing by Doug Russell

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Art and Art History Program

Department of Visual & Literary Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3138

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-3269

Email: faoffice@uwyo.edu

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