Russell Marshall came to art after working as an award-winning journalist and designer for over 20 years in the tabloid newspaper industry, including as Art Director at the Daily Star.
Marshall, who currently lives and works in London, was born in Southend in 1967. He always knew that he wanted to work in a creative industry. After being unsuccessful at gaining entry to Art College he turned his talents to journalism where he developed a hugely successful career.
“I reckon there’s ink in my veins,” he says.
Russell Marshall creates
Everything Russell Marshall learned about design, use of colour, layout, use of pictures and the printing process has been from his jobs working for the papers. His choice of colour and production techniques, as well as the topic of his work, heavily reflects his newspaper background, especially the public’s obsession with celebrity.
In his art. he likes to explore the story behind unusual news or a candid image, when stars were really stars, when news was real news and when the best pictures and the best stories made the best front pages. Iconic images that deserve to be seen again, bold CMYK colours that leap off the page plus the odd cheeky one-liner to make you smile.
Screenprinting is a beautiful combination of the mechanics of the photographic transfer and the creativity of the artist’s touch. The real skill lies in the hours of preparation before putting ink on paper, The actual printing process can be extremely quick.
Yoko Endorses Russell Marshalls Artwork for Lennon’s 75th:
Based on a classic image of Lennon taken on a New York roof in 1974 by his friend and legendary rock n roll photographer Bob Gruen
Russell Marshall said: “I’m delighted to have been able to work with such an amazing piece of rock n roll history and my thanks go to Bob Gruen and Yoko Ono Lennon for allowing me to do so. I wanted to take Bob’s image and make it larger than life.
I’ve chosen subtle colours that retain an element of the original print. The pearl and blue give the print a modern look but a retro feel. The newspaper-style halftone effect complements that retro feel.
There are millions of published rock n roll photographs and thousands more are taken every year… but there is maybe a handful of iconic images that define a place, a time, a sound – one moment in music history: Bob Gruen’s rooftop Lennon image is right up there at the top.