George E. Russell

George E. Russell (1933-2016) was a Canadian artist known for his hexagonal paintings filled with geometric shapes and pure colours. Often associated with Op-Art, aesthetically related to Quebec’s Plasticien movement, George E. Russell developed an artistic approach in which both geometric abstraction and spontaneous expression merge. In his signature hexagonal format, he created many series of serigraphs, watercolours and acrylic paintings on canvas and masonite that are inspired by the artistic movements in his adopted homeland of Quebec, as well as filled with the wide open spaces of his birthplace, Saskatchewan.

« The work of George E. Russell constitutes a point of encounter between two artistic cultures, not only in the geographical sense – if we consider that his work nourishes itself from two remote artistic scenes: one situated in his homeland, Saskatchewan, and the other in Quebec, his adopted land – but also in the temporal sense, taking into account that his work transcends the geometrical abstraction of the 70’s to integrate aesthetic notions of open work, interaction of media, and the participation of the spectators, fundamental characteristics of Contemporary Art » (Martin Champagne, George E. Russell. Rétrospective, Laval, Gibraltar, ).