Russell Crotty's vast body of work challenges the limitations and preconceptions of drawing as primary medium, pushing the genre towards minimal sculptural installation. Especially known for drawings on paper-coated suspended globes and within large-scale books, he continues to explore new ideas that investigate and expand the notion of “works on paper.”
His practice chronicles an idiosyncratic commentary on astronomy, landscape, mapping, and the natural and manmade world, with a deep passion for the ocean and coastline as evidence in his surf related work.
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.
© 2010-2016, RUSSELL CROTTY