Internationally acclaimed artist Russell Young will present a solo exhibition at the Scream Gallery in Mayfair. The exhibition of the artist who is known for his Diamond Dust paintings of celebrities is sure to attract art lovers like bees to honey. The process of creating Young’s Diamond Dust screenprints is a closely guarded secret, although it has been revealed that all the works are ‘hand-pulled’ on the ‘sister press’ of the very printing press used by Andy Warhol. Visitors at this exhibition can expect to see various “diamond dust” works on linen, including new screen prints of Hollywood’s beauty Marilyn Monroe and musical icon Kurt Cobain.
Other celebrities to be featured in the diamond dust works include a young Mick Jagger with strawberry-colored pout; a sparkling Elizabeth Taylor; a 70’s era Keith Richards walking towards his limo in “I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police”; and the young Ronnie Woods captured in “When I’m left on my own, I’m my own worst enemy.”
There is also a limited edition ‘Dirty Pretty Things; screen-print of Jagger created by young for the Scream exhibition. The exhibition also highlights the dark side of Hollywood’s glam life through works such as “If you die you’re pleased and your soul somewhere lives on,” showing the scene of Cobain’s suicide. The moment in 1974 when heiress turned bank robber Patty Hearst was caught on camera mid-heist. A unique exhibition, it is definitely a must-see for all.
The exhibition opens February 4 and runs through March 13, 2010.