New York City, NY | Painting
Russ Rubin is an artist and writer from the exotic woods of New Jersey. His escapist color-block worlds speak to the collisions between nature and civilization, the world outside, and the infinite worlds within.
Inspired as much by whacked-out old cartoon backdrops as Nike ACG and artists from Stuart Davis to Nina Chanel Abney, Russ’s ‘Dream Lands’ seem to dare us to hurl ourselves inside them, into the possibilities of beauty beyond rationale.
From doodles in little notebooks and on spare bill envelopes to finger-drawn digital mockups, the images creep onto the canvas, ever-evolving as Russ slaps on layer after layer, tweaking curves and hues, building up dimension in the paint as he sweats and squints and rubs out his eyes in his basement lair, making and breaking the rules as he goes, hunting down that ever-elusive balance around the bend.