Brian Russell (Sabbatical)

Cast Crystal (Lost Wax)

Brian Russell (Sabbatical)’s Work 

About Brian Russell (Sabbatical)

Cast Crystal Sculpture artist Brian and his wife are enjoying a long term sabbatical.  We have one remaining sculpture available for acquisition.
In Russellʼs artistic endeavors began in the late seventies. His first explorations were with black and white photography. His introduction to sculpture occurred in 1981. Under Lawrence Anthonyʼs instruction at Rhodes College, Russell found his fascination. He found what his hands could create, and he started with wood and stone carving. Then, scrap steel and industrial debris led him to fabricate large free-standing sculptures.
In 1985, he opened a studio on Broad Avenue. He became aware of the creative possibilities of working with hot-forged metals. Brian mastered the tools and techniques of traditional blacksmiths. Thus, allowing the shaping of metal into forms matching his creative vision. Russell began experimenting with fused glass and pate-de-Verre to incorporate color.
In 1994, he moved his studio to 15 acres in the countryside northeast of Memphis. On a visit to New Zealand in 1999, Russell learned about the lost wax glass casting technique. It produced exciting results. Two more years of hard work and research resulted in the current state of Russellʼs art. His current body of work is a fusion of forged metals and cast glass unique to his sculpture.
His confidence in technique and agility with materials is exceptional. This allows Brian to exploit his creative talents. The transparency and optical nature of the colored cast glass have an inherent emotional effect. It is this effect that enables the artist to whisper. At the same time, yet be forceful about his ideas on the nature of reality and purity of form.
Russell’s work appears in worldwide collections.


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