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Russell V. Gran: A Life’s Retrospective
A celebration of the life and art of recently departed painter Russell V. Gran is being held in the form of an art exhibition at Washington Studios Artist Cooperative’s 315 Gallery. There will be remarks at 6 p.m.
From the Facebook event description:
In heroic fashion Russell overcame many near life-ending experiences, yet its with a heavy heart we share that Russell has moved on to his next great adventure. After a life lived full in Boston, MA, West Duluth native Russell Gran returned home in 1992 to follow his true passion in life, his art making, and to be near his beloved mother Mary(d.2006). After successfully completing the studio art program at UMD he was a charter member of Washington Studios Artist Cooperative where he was an ardent advocate of common sense cooperative living. It was there he became an influential force and mentor to a generation of Duluth artists of all genres. He went on to create and exhibit an expansive array of energetically charged, intensely colorful paintings which are collected throughout the Twin Ports region and beyond. He longed for his artwork to be front and center and this final solo exhibition of mostly unseen artworks from the last 25 years will be the capstone to his long and illustrious career.
With an unique vision only known by those who have lived fully, and with an unending curiosity and yearning to read and learn, Russell Gran’s paintings stem from his roots in the gritty blue collar streets of 1940’s West Duluth, yet carry a deft knowledge of the urbane and art history. Working from a classically trained foundation he infuses his carefully planned compositions with pop art and surrealistic sensibilities and imbues them with an outsider art perspective. From street scene motifs to animated plant and vegetable still lifes, his unique and characteristic style allowed the inanimate to brim with life and he gifted the mundane with the power to capture.
No pre-sales and all proceeds will go to benefit local youth programs. For further information contact Eric Dubnicka at 218-727-4434 or ericdubnicka @ gmail.com.