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Blue Totality, 2017
(from the Coronograph Series, inspired by the 2017 solar eclipse)

in studio

Since the early 1990’s, Russell Crotty has made important contributions to contemporary drawing. Utilizing ballpoint pen as his primary medium, he is especially renowned for his distinctive drawings on paper-coated suspended globes and within large-scale books. His work engages astronomy, landscape, mapping, surfing, coastal studies, along with an idiosyncratic commentary on the natural and manmade worlds. Crotty ambitiously broadens his vast body of work by incorporating bio-resin, collage, and non-traditional materials, exploring new ideas that investigate and expand the notion of “works on paper.”

As a serious amateur astronomer, Crotty has studied the night sky for decades, utilizing his own array of telescopes with occasional sojourns to professional observatories. He has made important observational contributions to accredited astronomy organizations such as NASA and ALPO (Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers). He obsessively and enthusiastically documents the night sky and celestial phenomenon. The resulting body of astronomical work is informed by scientific research by contemporary astrophysicists, romanticized by his extensive knowledge of exploratory 19th century science, and fueled by his immense passion for the cosmos.

Russell's work has been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally and is owned by private collectors, museums and public collections. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.

A native Californian, Russell grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, began and nurtured his art career in Los Angeles, lived many years in the Santa Monica Mountains – and now works in Ventura and resides in Ojai, California with his wife Laura Gruenther and their two Kelpies.


RUSSELL CROTTY

September 22 – December 30, 2018

"COSMIC WONDERS: THE MOON, THE STARS, AND THE SPACE BETWEEN"

Bolinas Museum | Bolinas, CA

Group exhibition | Artists include:
Linda Connor | Russell Crotty | Don Jolley | Amelia Konow | Marty Knapp | Michael Light | Charles Lindsay | Loewy & Puiseux | and vintage instruments from the Lick Observatory collection curated by Tony Misch


September 30, 2018

Focus on the Masters
Artist Spotlight interview

Focus on the Masters | Ventura, CA

This conversation with Donna Granada was video taped before a live audience. The video, along with an extensive archive of Russell's work can be accessed at the FOTM library.


October 13, 2018 – April 15, 2019

"Peindre la nuit" (Painting the Night)

Centre Pompidou-Metz | Paris, France

An important group exhibition featuring the night in modern and contemporary painting along with a catalogue and numerous associated events.

Catalogue of the exhibition: "Peindre la nuit"
Edited by Jean-Marie Gallais
Published by Centre Pompidou-Metz


November 8 – December 16, 2018

Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 10 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

"Remote and Curious Worlds"

Porch Gallery | Ojai, CA

Solo exhibition of new bioresin works.

Read review in Santa Barbara Independent
By Charles Donelan

November Issue

"Universal Images – ARTIST RUSSELL CROTTY DRAWS FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH"

Article in "805 Living" magazine

By Joan Tapper


Opening Reception:
November 10, 2018 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

"The Californians"

Pacific City Gallery
Pacific City, Huntington Beach

Group Show | Artists include:
Susanne Melanie Berry | Jeff Canham | Russell Crotty | Jason David | Andy Davis | Ned Evans | Julie Goldstein | Rich Jacobs | Alex Knost | David Lloyd | John Millei | Dane Peterson | Russ Pope | Thaddeus Strode | Ed Templeton | Alex Weinstein


February 3 to March 16, 2019

"Bordering the Habitable Zone"

Hosfelt Gallery | San Francisco, CA

Two solo exhibitions will be presented concurrently by Russell Crotty and Michael Light.


February 7 to April 6, 2019

"Stargazers: Intersections of Contemporary Art and Astronomy"

Orange Coast College | Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion | Costa Mesa, CA

This group exhibition runs concurrently with the grand opening of Orange Coast College’s new PLANETARIUM.

Exhibition will include the collaborative installation piece by Russell Crotty and Laura Gruenther entitled "LOOK BACK IN TIME" ~ originally exhibited at the San Jose ICA in 2016.