James Russell

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation Writer, Lecturer and Curator
Location Bristol, United Kingdom
Introduction I write and lecture about art, illustration and design, particularly 20th century British. In 2015 I curated 'Ravilious', an exhibition of watercolours by Eric Ravilious, at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and in 2016 the exhibition 'Century' at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. As well as Ravilious, I've recently written books on Paul Nash, Edward Seago, Peggy Angus and Edward Bawden. 'The Lost Watercolours of Edward Bawden was published in Sept 2016 by the Mainstone Press. As a lecturer I've enjoyed speaking at a whole range of venues, from the V&A and the Ways with Words Festival to Hatchards Bookshop and Leeds Art Gallery. I'm always willing to consider a proposal for a book commission or exhibition. I've recently worked with Portland Gallery on Edward Seago, Towner on Peggy Angus and Dulwich Picture Gallery on Ravilious.
Interests Art, illustration, design, 20th century British painting and sculpture, contemporary illustration and design, wood engraving esp in book illustration, lithography, book illustration and design, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash, Edward Seago, landscape painting, writing fiction, writing non-fiction, landscape history especially ruins and remains, traditional orchards, cidermaking, camping, inventive TV shows like Breaking Bad, Bristol life, New Mexico life, whatever my kids are into.
Favorite Movies Withnail and I, The Apartment, North by North West, The Thirty-Nine Steps (earliest version), Lisbon Story, The Wire, The Killing, Prime Suspect, Breaking Bad, Jaws, original Star Wars, ET, Close Encounters, Argo, Fargo, House, If, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Empire of the Sun, Parade's End, A Canterbury Tale, Hugo, The Hurt Locker, I Know Where I'm Going, Monsters Inc, Ghostbusters, The Three Colors Trilogy.
Favorite Music PJ Harvey, JS Bach violin or piano - not harpsichord or organ!, Camper van Beethoven, Sparklehorse, Nick Drake, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Kate Bush's first album, early Cure, Schubert's Death and the Maiden, The Trout Quintet, Jazz Record Requests, Marc Riley on a good night, Grandaddy, Joy Division, Stereolab, Talking Heads, The Velvet Underground, Ivie Anderson singing with Duke Ellington, The Clash, Bob Dylan esp Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde, Radiohead.
Favorite Books The Great Gatsby, The Four Quartets, Lavengro by George Borrow, Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit, Outline by Paul Nash, The Emigrants by WG Sebald, Raymond Chandler, Great Works by Tom Lubbock, England in Particular, Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton, Romantic Moderns, The Crying of Lot 49, Ulysses, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by WH Davies, The South Country, Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie, Le Grand Meaulnes, The Great War and Modern Memory, Atlas of Remote Islands, The History of the Countryside, Lights Out for the Territory by Iain Sinclair, Love in the Time of Cholera, The English Patient, Kenneth Clark, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre, Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby, Edward Thomas Collected Poems, Eric Ravilious by Helen Binyon.

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