Brian Russell (Sabbatical)

Cast Crystal (Lost Wax)

Brian Russell (Sabbatical)’s Work 

About Brian Russell (Sabbatical)

Cast Crystal Sculpture (Memphis, artist on sabbatical)
 
Cast Crystal Sculpture artist Brian and his wife are enjoying a two – five year sabbatical.  Our current inventory of works is all that is available in this market.
 
Brian Russellʼs artistic endeavors began in the late seventies when he started exploring 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. First 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. It was here Russell became aware of the creative possibilities of working with hot-forged metals. He 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.
 
Confidence in technique and agility with materials now allows him 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.

Hours

Thursday & Friday: 11am to 5pm
Saturday: 11am to 4pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Private Appointments Welcome

Framing by Appointment (Recommended)

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