The Art of Amber Michelle Russell
Amber Michelle Russell’s work is divided cleanly between finely detailed, hand-drawn portraits and disturbing, violent paintings. Art is her therapy, which she feels she can’t live without as a constant in her life.
She seems to execute a need for control in her portraits, capturing every line with a mechanical precision while still retaining an analog, human warmth. All of her passion and emotional exorcism pours out through the chaotic strokes of paint that flow together on canvas into the macabre – vivid, intense and darkly erotic.
Amber’s portrait of Vincent Castiglia (below), who paints cadaverous visions in his own blood, hangs in his personal New York studio.
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