Western painter G. Russell Case is inspired by nature, but he places little value on literal translations. His sweeping, idealized versions of the western landscape are compositions that combine the beauty of the natural world with the rich imagination and originality of an artist's mind. While there is an unmistakable honesty present in his painted environments -- stemming from his engagement with the land painted directly from nature -- viewers may be reminded of other great artists of the west, whose work is marked by distinctive artistic philosophies. Case's work is unfettered by philosophy and intellect, though he is surely a student of his artistic forebears. The monumental scale of Maynard Dixon, or the unfiltered color and light of Thomas Moran both find their way into his visual language. Yet Case's work is simple, pure, and fresh; his painting draws in the viewer and delivers timeless landscapes. We are immediately transported into a world created by shadow and light, of immense vistas punctuated by jagged mountains and inhabited by lonesome cowboys.
Russell Case's artistic enthusiasm was first fostered by his father, Garry Case, who was also an artist. His father encouraged Russell's artistic talents and helped him seek exposure through marketing and local galleries. For fifteen years the younger Case translated his surroundings into watercolor, creating a foundation for the liquid vibrancy found in his later oils. This transition developed during his college years, where Case studied with the intent to become a professor of art. After graduating from Utah State University in 1990 and with the support of his wife, Susanne, Case decided to dedicate himself to painting full-time. Case's work eventually attracted the attention of a collector Dr. Mike Edson and his wife Karen. Case credits Edson as being a major factor in his success due to his attentive monitoring of the young artist's progress: his vigilant observation, unwavering support, and learned guidance helped develop Case's talent.
Education: Utah State University, 1990.
Awards and Honors: Best of Show and First Place Oil Painting, Phippen Western Art Show, Prescott, AZ, 2001; First Place, Southwest Magazine Artist to Watch Show, Steam Boat Springs, CO, 2002; Best of Show, People's Choice, and Artist's Choice, Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel Junction, UT, 2003; Golden Thunderbird Award for Best of Show, Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel Junction, UT, 2004; Russell won the Edith Hamlin award, Maynard Dixon Country, 2005; Featured Artist, Coors Western Art Show, Denver, CO, 2010; Dixie Invitational 3rd Place Oil, Dixie Invitational, 2010; Best of Show, Coors Western Art Exhibition & Sale, 2012 & Artist Choice Award, 2015.
Selected Publications: Ones to Watch: Spotlighting the works of April Surgent, Matthew Monahan and G. Russell Case, Michele Corriel, Western Art & Architecture, Premier Issue, Fall 2007; A Simple Plan, Virginia Campbell, Southwest Art, August 2008; Simple Beauty, Western Art Collector, September 2010; Fiesta for the Five Amigos, Western Art Collector, October 2010; Small Paintings, Western Art Collector, November 2010; Rhythmic Patterns, Western Art Collector, February 2011; Best of Astoria, Western Art Collector, September 2011. Books: Landscape Painting, Mitchell Albala, pp. 104, 105; Painter of Utah's Canyons and Deserts, Donna L. Poulton and Vern G. Swanson, p. 213, 238.
Selected Exhibitions: Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Overland Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY, David Ericson, Salt Lake City, UT; Prix de West, Okalahoma, OK; Manyard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT; Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art; New Horizons, Bozeman, MT; Coors Western Art Exhibition, Denver, CO.
Collections: Springville Museum of Fine Art, Springviulle, Utah; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK; Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ; Brigham City Museum of Fine Art, Brigham City, UT.
Representation: Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY; David Ericson Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Bingham Gallery, Mt. Carmel, UT; Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Bischoff Shade of the West, Scottsdale, AZ; Wood River Gallery, Ketchum, ID.