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Narrative & Abstract Art by Bill Russell

Jazz-inspired abstracts and Narrative paintings and collages

Here’s the Latest

A Show at Stanford University

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In 2015, Bill showed 50 paintings and collages at Stanford University in Palo Alto. more here

Stanford Art Spaces Curator and Writer DeWitt Cheng wrote that “Russell’s works, with their intuitive orbs and arabesques of black enamel paint, resemble musical scores set free from their staves…collaged printed elements assimilate bits of the real world, or at least references and metonyms, into the frozen music of the pictorial architecture.

Some works with their exuberant shapes and dynamic rhythms, belong to the lyrical tradition of Matisse’s cutouts and Stuart Davis’s semi-abstract oil paintings. Biomorphic surrealism is also a source; look at the starbursts, flowers, eyes, flames, and seedpod forms, as well as the typographic elements, hinting at words, sound, and poetry, and Miro comes to mind, as well as such non-surrealists as Rauschenberg and Motherwell. Russell’s lyricism is generally playful, but it has a darker side, too, mixing myth, history and politics.”     read press release

A Slideshow

Bill Russell Photo by Alex Farnum


Bill Russell has been a painter for over 30 years. Did you know he is also a web designerillustrator & visual journalist. Read more here.



Purchase art bracelets and more here.

In the Figurative Realm:


Check out some new pieces that merge the abstract with figuration, in real and magical realms here.

Video about Birdwatching:

Bill’s News:

Bill will be featured in two group shows during the month of February:

Road Maps at Gallery Route One, in Pt. Reyes Station, CA Read about Big Oh’s here.
Kala Art Institute’s Artist’s Annual in Berkeley, CA. Read about it here.