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Russell Young

AUDREY HEPBURN, 2017
hand pulled acrylic, enamel screen print and diamond dust on linen (electric pink)
70 x 54 1/2 in. (177.8 x138.4 cm)
From the series Femme Fatale
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Starring portraits of iconic, glamorous, and powerful women, these large-scale paintings celebrate a group of critical female entertainers, each of whom has influenced the artist throughout his life and continues to inspire millions. Young depicts his admiration for these “Femme Fatales” through striking portraiture in his definitive style, combining screen printing on linen with his recognizable diamond dust signature. Each of these original, hand-pulled works have been executed at a monumental scale, indeed making the women larger than life.

Femme Fatale explores Young’s ongoing love of pop culture’s and for the diverse talents of Young’s subjects that include Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, and Nina Simone. With this collection, the artist underscores the continuing importance and relevance of these women, now more than ever given the cultural tensions and political discourse in contemporary society.

In a statement, Young writes: “The women of Femme Fatale are women of intelligence, sex appeal, ridiculous talent. They are all activists, humanitarians and rebellious by nature.” He pauses and concludes with the cautionary, “They may cause death.”