Russo - Untitled Nude MR94

MR94 Untitled

acrylic on canvas

70 x 60 inches framed

Russo - Nude Leaning

Untitled (Nude Leaning)

c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

58.5 x 51 inches framed

Russo - Nude Bending Down

Untitled (Nude Bending Down)

c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

57.5 x 48.5 inches framed

Russo - Tubs

Tubs

1949

oil on burlap

24 x 32 inches framed

Russo - Brown Geometry

Brown Geometry

c. 1960

oil on burlap

62.5 x 46.5 inches framed

Russo - MR198 Attribute

MR198 Attribute

acrylic on canvas

53 x 64 inches framed

Russo - Sapling Forest

MR404 Sapling Forest

acrylic on canvas

69 x 59 inches framed

Russo - MR70 Recurrent Image

MR70 Recurrent Image

1982

rhoplex and pigment on canvas

69 x 60 inches framed

Russo - MR62 landscape

MR62 Landscape

1991

acrylic on canvas

69 x 59 inches

Press Release

Russo consistently focused his work on the human condition and consequently the ideals of man. In his art, he considered humanity in both its whimsy and its foibles. He is best known for his paintings of the female nude in a variety of poses and settings. His figures, removed from specific meaning, go beyond the confines of the canvas to evoke universal qualities. 

Michele Russo made significant contributions to the Northwest throughout his life. After graduating from Yale in 1934 and marrying fellow artist Sally Haley, he arrived in Portland in 1947. He taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art for over 25 years and became an active advocate for the arts during the politically charged 1950s. He was a founder of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and was the first artist appointed to the Metropolitan Arts Commission in the 1970s. Throughout his career, Michele Russo’s work has been in major exhibitions nationally and is in many public and private collections. Russo was honored with a fifty-year retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1988. Most recently, his work was part of the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy.