James T. Russell
James Russell Sculpture
James T. Russell's art is a deeply personal experience. His sculptures are his personal search for portraits of feelings. All of Russell's sculptures begin with a drawing on paper. He scans each drawing into a computer, which he uses to refine and scale the artwork. With the computer, he is able to design sculptures from one to one hundred feet in size.
Based on these designs, Russell cuts the steel, forms it, and assembles it by TIG welding; a skillful, precise process that takes a master and results in a sculpture with superior integrity. He solid casts small sculptures in 304 stainless steel, while larger works he fabricates from sheets of 10-gauge, 304 stainless steel. Both of these high-quality steels resist corrosion and will not dent or scratch easily. Once the sculpture is assembled, Russell methodically sands the surface to a mirror finish using finer and finer grit abrasives. He achieves the final finish by buffing the steel with extremely fine polishing compounds. Due to the nature of polished stainless steel, this brilliant, reflective finish lasts indefinitely. It endows the sculpture with great energy and movement, and a quality of constant change.
Over the course of his career, Russell has created more than one hundred commissioned sculptures. The time and skills necessary to create a James Russell sculpture require immense dedication. Proof of the durability of his artwork exists in the lasting quality of sculptures created 40 years previously.
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