Artwork in the Nancy Toomey Fine Art Beauty in Lockdown Catalogue

MICHAEL RUSSELL, Untitled 48, 2019
Ink and Graphite on Paper, 9.625 x 11.625 Inches Framed

Seeking to comprehend the passage of time remains a prevalent aspect of Los Angeles based Michael Russell’s work. Through drawing, he aims to expand the capacity for his own introspection, as well as for those viewing his drawings. Mark-making carried out in a linear fashion leaves behind an idiosyncratic trail; documentation of time spent. Russell views the trace of his hand less as proof of labor, and more as the intimacy of process being laid bare. Rhythm is explicit and builds up to exude stillness. Sweeping gestures are either absent, or mimed with smaller repetitive marks. Although the compositions are carefully engineered, the evolving techniques used to color them in are rudimentary… More »

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Thoughts on Lockdown

I produced this book to honor my exhibition titled Breeze Shapes at Nancy Toomey Fine Art. The show was closed in mid-March, 2020, due to Covid-19. 50% of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Urban Los Angeles chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Limited to 50 copies. Thanks!

Dimensions: 8.5” x 11,” 40 pages, Shipped with a protective Polypropylene bag and backer board

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Exhibition at Nancy Toomey Fine Art
Breeze Shapes – March 4 to April 11, 2020



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Breeze Shapes


Patterned Recognition