Hugh Russel is a renowned Canadian sculptor whose figurative bronzes can be found in collections around the world. He trained and worked in the field of commercial art, and now applies that rigorous discipline to his sculpture.
Hugh's recent commissions range in size and scope from the fourteen-inch Philosopher Stupidus, a delightful representation of a popular phallic persona from Roman times, to the larger-than-life eleven-foot Ridley Tiger, mascot of Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. In the last ten years Hugh's large scale commissions have included a full-size portrait of Sir John Templeton for the Templeton Library in Tennessee, a life-size statue of a schoolboy in cadet uniform for St. Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario, and the Column of Brotherhood, which was commissioned by the Sikh community of Ontario for presentation to Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the Conference of Inter-religious Dialogue in 1999. He is currently working on a commissioned memorial depicting an eight-year-old girl on her beloved roller skates.
Russel's Dancer Series and the more recent Horse Series continue his quest to capture the grace, tension and emotion of the human and equine forms.
Hugh rightly calls himself a storyteller. All of his meticulously researched and beautifully crafted pieces are more than just perfect portrayals of a particular person or animal, they record instants in time. "I want to you to see the change in the horse's pace and feel the fatigue of the rider," says Hugh, "I want to capture the moment the dancer lifts his head just before he leaps."
The sculptor's extraordinary knowledge of anatomy and his empathy for his subject matter combine with spectacular results. His sense of humour and whimsy add another dimension to his smaller pieces, which are often representations of animals in motion, or fantastical creatures and mythical beings.
Hugh Russel is a member of the Sculpture Society of Canada, a founding member of the Dufferin Arts Council and is proud to act as a juror for the Headwaters Arts Festival Annual Student Art Show. He believes passionately in the importance of arts education in primary and secondary schools. Hugh lives in the Mulmur hills north of Toronto with his wife Cheryl.