The Beauty of the Beast
Featuring 200 superb images, this book is the first retrospective of the work of Dean Russo, a Brooklyn-based artist known for his soulful animal portraits. Inspired by his love of dogs and the urban landscape in which he was born, Russo uses vibrant pop art colors and bold abstract patterns to give voice to his favorite subject. In addition to his rich use of mixed media and signature graphic style, Russo possesses an uncanny ability to look into the eyes of a cat or dog and capture their expressiveness on canvas. Organized in chronological order, Dean Russo: A Retrospective spans his entire career to date, from early days drawing cartoon characters to his iconic celebrity portraits, animal welfare activism, and his new series portraying wildlife on the verge of extinction. Including an introduction by Russo and commentary on his style developments over the years, this book provides an inspiring look at an often-misunderstood artist.
Inside Dean Russo: A Retrospective
Graphic overview of the entire career of this inspired and idiosyncratic pop artist.
200 vibrant images from expressive animal portraits to iconic music legends.
Mixed media artworks that include everything from pastels, oils, pencils, wax, and charcoal to sharpies, spray cans and liquid acrylics.
The story of Russo’s stirring dedication to animal rescue awareness.
Commentary on the artist’s style developments over the years.
Introduction by Dean Russo.
Brooklyn-based pop artist Dean Russo is a popular animal illustrator with a vibrant graphic style. His work is widely distributed in fine art prints, custom commissions, and licensed products. Dean studied graphic design and fine arts at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Being an avid animal lover he started his career creating soulful animal portraits in a signature style that has evolved over a period of 10 years. As a professional musician Dean has also been inspired to paint portraits of influential music icons.