Coinciding with SUPERSTAR at the Modern Art Museum Shanghai, the largest retrospective of British-American artist Russell Young to date, Gow Langsford Gallery presents the artist’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand. Featuring pop culture icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Brigitte Bardot, and Marlon Brando, Young sprinkles his large silkscreen canvases with fine diamond dust, creating glimmering surfaces that at once glamorise and reproach.
Born in England, Young studied photography, film and graphic design at Chester Art College. While working as an assistant for fashion photographer, Christos Raftopoulos, he established his photographic career, capturing live music and magazine editorials of the likes of The Smiths, R.E.M., and Diana Ross, which soon led to his big break: in 1986 he shot the cover of George Michael for his Grammy award-winning album Faith. His move to America in 1991 provided new opportunities, and throughout the 1990s he would direct more than 100 music videos for MTV.