Today’s post comes from the director of our creative team and Italian export, Claudia Button who had this to say about the art of Russ Mills:
From time to time, my role here at Foerstel gets to expand to the realm of illustration. Since my other love is fashion design, I found these digital illustrations by artist Russ Mills just fascinating, in a raw, almost violent sort of way. It is almost as if he could hear what these women were thinking and was able to bring their inner selves out in the open.
About the artist:
Artist Russ Mills creates these astonishing images using a wide variety of traditional methods including painting and drawing with ink and pencil, but also utilizing scanned textures including splotches of paint (or “painting disasters” as he calls them) as well as photography. The resulting paintings are sparse in color but seem to contain explosive amounts of energy as displayed in the rough brushes of paint and the almost perfectly manic pencil strokes. Of his work Mills says:
“My work dwells in a netherworld between urban fine art and contemporary graphics, a collision of real and digital media it is primarily illustration based with a firm foundation in drawing, I focus mainly on the human form particularly the face, interweaving elements from the animal kingdom often reflecting the absurdity of human nature.”