Gallery founder Ian Russell is a painter and illustrator with a passion for connecting people with place, art and each other: “I love to paint and communicate my passions through my work. I have always used my art as a way to support myself, and to find peace with my world. I want my paintings to showcase the wondrous beauty of Arizona and the spectacular sights that await the adventurous spirit.”
About the Artist
Born and raised in the San Francisco region of California, Ian Russell was inspired as a child by the Old Masters works that filled may museums and galleries in the area. Ian’s appreciation for the fantasy art of Frank Frazetta and modern master Norman Rockwell infused him with his passion to learn to paint. With oil paints out of his price range, watercolors were the natural choice for Ian to develop his talents.
In 1985, Ian moved to Prescott Arizona to finish high school. During this transition, art became the major focus in his life. By graduation in 1988, Ian was enjoying success as an artist by showing in galleries in Prescott and statewide. The early 90’s found Ian developing his skills not just as a painter but also as a master bronze foundry man. Over time it became apparent that Ian’s true passion was not only to create art, but to help market and sell his works and the creations of others.
In 1995 he opened A’Loft Gallery of Fine Art in Prescott. He enjoyed running his successful gallery for seven years until he decided to concentrate on his own art. For several years he built a collection of new pieces and in 2007 he opened the Ian Russell Gallery of Fine Art to showcase his latest works alongside his vast catalogue of past creations. Today, the gallery resides in a restored historic building on Whiskey Row, where it welcomes artists and friends old and new.