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Irvine Russell

Born in Paisley, 1938, son of artist John Russell. For many years he had no more than a mild interest in painting, and, after demob; from a long forgotten National Service with ‘The Seaforth Highlanders’, returned to civilian life as a journeyman printer. Irvine took up singing rather than painting as a part-time activity, and after several years studying, sang regularly with the Scottish Opera Chorus for a number of years. About this time he left the manufacturing side of printing to take up the position of Buyer with the printing and stationery division of the same company. Any painting, in the meantime, was done in oils, but he converted to watercolour during 1978 while studying for a short while on a part-time basis at the Glasgow School of Art. This change of medium which was, ironically, advocated several times by his singing tutor in Glasgow, eventually led to his retirement as a singer in 1981, to allow more time for painting. Finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with demand while, at the same time, maintaining a full-time job, he resigned from his post after a 35 year connection in September 1990 and is now a full-time artist presently living in Ayrshire. Having exhibited regularly in Paisley, Glasgow and Edinburgh, between 1979 and 1987, his work can now be found in selected Galleries throughout Scotland. His interpretation of the Scottish scene attracts much interest from visitors to Scotland and many paintings go abroad. In 1985 he was successfully involved in an exhibition of works by six Scottish artists in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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