Bobbie Russon creates bold and moving depictions of figures in a subtle, matt finish, mapping a path of loss, awkward self-awareness, and developing sexuality; she communicates her excruciating shyness as a child and the acute loneliness she felt.
The subjects in Russon’s paintings are most often female as she draws on her own emotion and experience and her images conjure up situations she can relate to. Dolls or animals, rather than other humans feature as companions with their almost human-like, but dumb and false understanding. Russon’s sombre yet beautiful paintings expose an inherently ambiguous, complex nature of society’s growing fears about the loss of childhood innocence.
Recent interest in Victorian cabinet paintings has culminated in a series of miniatures, framed in beautifully handcrafted solid wood frames, which are almost sculptural. Russon’s signature figures each holds its own narrative, with a careful balance between something haunting and humorous.
Russon was born in Birmingham and received her MA at the Royal College of Art and her BA at Central St Martin’s in London. She now works from her studio in South West London. Recent years have shown an increased interest and demand in Russon’s work, with sell out shows and inclusion in many private collections.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 24cm, SOLD
LIVING IN THE SHADOWS
Oil on canvas, 29 x 29cm, £2300
THE OLD ROOM
Oil on canvas, 39 x 39cm, £3200
Oil on canvas, 44 x 34cm, POA
Oil on canvas, 23 x 17cm, £2000
GIRL WITH A CLOUD HAT
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80cm, RESERVED
THE NEW ARRIVAL
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60cm, SOLD
THE DOLLS HOUSE
Oil on canvas, 49 x 49cm, SOLD
GIRL WITH STINGING NETTLES
Oil on canvas, 39 x 39cm, £2800
THE NETTLE PICKER
Oil on canvas, SOLD