| May 27 to Jun 14 2015
212GALLERY is pleased to present “Wanted Dead or Alive,” an exhibition by British artist Russell Young. Working across recurring themes of classic Americana, including notions of the “American West” and “old Hollywood,” Young’s screen-printed depictions of pop culture icons pay homage to Andy Warhol, as well as a certain nostalgia for the bygone era of American history that his subjects now represent.
Appropriated images of stoic Native American chiefs are embellished with diamond dust, another of Young’s nods to Warhol. The Magnificent Seven, the Western cinematic masterpiece from 1960, is rendered in a pop palette of bright fuchsia and powder blue. Like Warhol, Young’s work critiques celebrity and Hollywood constructs, but without disdain. Rather, a true fascination with American culture pervades these pieces, as well as a romantic attachment to the past and its immortal icons.
Russell Young has been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows at the Goss Michael Foundation in Dallas, Texas (solo) and the Saatchi Gallery, London. His work is featured in prominent collections such as those of Mr. Aby Rosen, New York; The Qatari Royal Family; the Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Athens; Mrs. Beth DeWoody, New York; and acclaimed British painter David Hockney, among many others. Russell Young currently lives and works in Los Angeles.