Artists often become real, yet intangible sources of national pride to their respective homelands, and their obtainable works of art serve as the direct links. Gyrth Russell cultivated this as an artist who traveled abroad in connection with the Canadian armed forces. As a young man, he witnessed the devastation and hope of World War I, and many of his earliest works are of landscapes and coasts traveled by the Canadian military in the conflict. He also made etchings and poster prints for sale to help popularize and support the war effort abroad.
Things turned lighthearted for the accomplished 30-year old Russell, as he returned to his first niche, illustrating books on the geography of Nova Scotia and Western Britain. His eye acclimated to capturing pleasant coastal harbors, all while he documented their changing natures. His oil painting of the Mevagissey Harbor and Quay, believed to have been painted in the 1930's, is a timeless depiction of the fishing port on the south coast of Cornwall.
Russell exhibits an excellent sense of depth and perception in the work, and uses multiple talents with a wide brush, palette knife and striking coloration to invite viewers. Coast dwellers the world over instinctively feel a familiar presence, even if the Cornwall-standard lugger with dark brown sails identify the specific region. For hundreds of years, the port has served as a fishing dependent location along the "English riviera". The white-washed stone houses and pier-strolling persons are as much the main subjects as the various tethered craft upon the calm and colorful water.
first name :