Russell Marshall is a London-based artist, journalist, art director, designer and is a 25 year veteran of the British tabloid press. His work uses iconic celebrity imagery given and old-school production techniques such as screen printing, platemaking, colour separation, CMYK colours and halftones.
Marshall’s retro production style and choice of images stem from the golden days of the red top press, when the best pictures and the best stories made the best front pages.
Highlighting the real ‘stars’ of the past and even fewer of the present – as opposed to what the word ‘celebrity’ now means today – artist Russell Marshall’s screen prints celebrate some of the best icons of the last 5 decades, re-igniting each of their star status, their stories and our love of them. Previously an award-winning newspaper art director and journalist, Russell’s bold use of colour, production techniques and his selection of unforgettable images are what gives his work a timeless appeal, each one telling the viewer a narrative, achieved through dedicated research.
Steve McQueen: Arrested for drunk-driving in Anchorage, Alaska in 1972. Witnesses reported that 42-year-old McQueen ripped through the town in an Oldsmobile Tornado - speeding, burning doughnuts and pulling handbrake turns. McQueen performed a back-flip during his field sobriety test.
David Bowie: Arrested in upstate New York on March 25, 1976 on a pot possession charge. 29-year-old Bowie was busted with Iggy Pop and two others at a hotel in Rochester following a gig. He was held in the Monroe County jail for a several hours before being released.
DEVIL IN DISGUISE:
In 1977 more than 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines, and narcotics were prescribed in Elvis’ name.
WHISKY IN A JAR:
Route 66 - America’s mother road - provided an escape from the poverty of the 1930s dust bowl Midwest for hundreds of thousands searching for the American Dream in California. Mom and pop motels, stores, diners and gas stations battled for custom using incredible neon signs. As Route 66 was bypassed by bigger and faster highways, customers stopped coming and businesses failed. Many of the signs remain on abandoned sections of the highway... sunbleached and sandblasted by desert winds. Ghosts of the past, faded American pop art.