Gyrth Russell (1892-1970) ‘Errisberg, County Galway’


17.8cm x 56cm
Inscribed watercolour


17.8cm x 56cm
Inscribed watercolour

Gyrth Russell 1892-1970 RI, ROI, RSMA

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father was a Canadian MP and a Supreme High Court Judge.
At the age of 14 he began his artistic career at the Halifax School of Art and then at the School of Art at Boston, Mass.
In 1911 he left Canada to study at the Academie Julian and Calarossi in Paris. At the outbreak of war, he left France for London, and was commissioned, under Lord Beaverbrook, as an official War Artist for the Canadian sector, and spent most of 1918 painting the ravaged landscapes.
Between wars he worked as an artist in film studios, designing railway posters, lecturing and writing. He was elected to membership of the RBA, RI, ROI and the RSMA.
In 1944 he moved to Yorkshire continuing his work as an artist, and then in 1953 to Penarth, South Wales, where he died.
He was a prolific artist whose works were much sought after and are increasingly so today.