Russell Young has long been fascinated by the dichotomy of the myth and reality of the “American Dream”, which he often personifies as Hollywood glamour in contrast with our “knowing” of the jaded reality of celebrity. As explored in his previous collections Fame+Shame, American Envy, and This Land is My Land, Young transforms cultural icons with his signature silkscreen process, his unique color and often a glittering diamond dust finish. It is a fantastical glorification, simultaneously presenting the viewer with the tragedy of it all; finite beauty and the loss of innocence.
Russell Young’s most important female icons, in his “Heroines Portfolio Collection” include Marilyn Superstar, Marilyn Portrait, Bardot and Jackie O.
Young’s first portfolio “Marilyn Portrait” which was released by Taglialatella Galleries last year and achieved a record price at the Christie’s auction of Prints and Multiples.
Who better to evoke a powerful sequence of emotions than Jacqueline Kennedy for Young’s second portfolio? The image chosen by Young is derived from a rare 1964 photograph of Jackie on what would have been the 47th birthday of the late JFK once of vision of youthful glamour and hope; First Lady to the most powerful man in the free world and then suddenly she is the symbol of national grief, and with time would come to symbolize the watershed moment when the hope of the 1960s was dashed at the dawn of the Vietnam War.
The portfolios are limited edition of twenty-five sets of four works (except Marilyn Super which has eight prints) on paper. All are hand-pulled unique variations with original colors mixed by the artist, each is enclosed in a black linen case with a hand-pulled silkscreen cover. Each portfolio contains a signed and numbered colophon sheet.