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The first retrospective of the work of Dean Russo!
Beautiful graphic overview of the career of this inspired pop artist, from his early work to his portraits of endangered wildlife200 vibrant images, from expressive animal portraits of dogs, cats, and wild animals, to iconic music legendsMixed-media artworks that include everything from pastels, oils, pencils, wax, and charcoal to Sharpies, spray cans, and liquid acrylicsIntroduction by the artist, Brooklyn-based Dean Russo, who is known for his soulful animal portraits
Art and animals. These two passions define Dean Russo, a Brooklyn, New York-based artist known for his soulful animal portraits. Dean starts his paintings with the eyes, because, as every animal lover knows, the eyes are the most expressive.
Featuring 200 stunning images of the artist’s work, this book is the first retrospective of Dean Russo’s art. Explore a graphic overview of the entire career of this inspired and idiosyncratic pop artist.
Inspired by his love of dogs and the urban landscape in which he was born, Russo uses vibrant pop art colors and bold abstract patterns to give voice to his favorite subject—animals. In addition to his rich use of mixed media and signature graphic style, Russo possesses an uncanny ability to look into the eyes of a cat or dog and capture their expressiveness on canvas.
Presented in chronological order, Dean Russo: A Retrospective spans his entire career to date, from early days drawing cartoon characters to his iconic celebrity portraits, animal welfare activism, and his new series portraying wildlife on the verge of extinction. Including an introduction by Russo and commentary on his style developments over the years, this book provides an inspiring look at an often-misunderstood artist.
Inside this gorgeous hardcover coffee table book, you’ll also discover the story of Russo’s stirring dedication to animal rescue awareness. Dean’s main subjects are dogs, with pit bulls representing the majority of his work. The pit bull, a misunderstood breed and the victim of misplaced stigma, has had a starring role as a muse that kicked off Russo’s career. He continues to paint and be inspired by pit bulls to this day.
Dean Russo Art Studio has a sincere dedication to animal rescue, and has participated in charity auctions, donations, and fund-raising events to raise awareness and help out in the animal welfare community. Dean hopes to convey the care and devotion of animal lovers of every kind, from dogs and cats to horses and beyond. He has a wildlife series in the works, as a way to support the countless animals on the verge of extinction.
Through inspiring messages and bright, colorful prints, Dean Russo’s work is sure to brighten anyone’s day. The perfect gift for animal lovers, anyone who appreciates art, and fans of the artist’s work, Dean Russo: A Retrospective explores the art of a unique and prolific artist with a gift for capturing the beauty of the beast.
“Four paws up! Using vibrant and bold colors, Russo’s ability to capture the essence of our furry companions is truly magical.”
— Brandie Ahlgren, CityDog Magazine
Publisher : CompanionHouse Books (November 13, 2018)
Language : English
Hardcover : 224 pages
ISBN-10 : 1620083175
ISBN-13 : 978-1620083178
Item Weight : 3.17 pounds
Dimensions : 10.5 x 0.5 x 12 inches
List Price: $29.99