Russell Young

Jun 25, 12:00 AM
In the first episode of the new season, we join editor-in-chief Tiffanie Darke, fashion editorial director Stacey Duguid and beauty editorial director Katie Service as they talk us through a show-and-tell definition of modern luxury: prepare yourself to hear about the most beautiful, brilliant and downright bonkers things Harrods can offer. 

We also hear from Russell Young, an American-British artist best-known for his large-scale silkscreens of legendary cultural figures including Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and David Bowie. Born in the north of England, Young spent time living on the streets before making it as a music photographer. His big break came when “probably more than half the pictures you’ve seen of George are mine,” he said, “we had a great relationship over the years". The album – which sold 25m copies – catapulted Young to international attention and by the ‘90s he’d shot everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan. In the 2000s he reinvented himself as a fine artist and quickly found fame for his diamond dust portraits, which – in January ­– became the first artworks in Harrods’ history to takeover the Brompton Road windows. “I inherited Warhol’s printing press, and the first diamond dust paintings I ever created was from a bag of Andy Warhol’s diamond dust,” he says. “I’ve always said that I pin the paintings on my studio wall at night and put a huge pile of diamond dust and at night Tinker Bell comes and spreads it around.”  

Visit Russell Young’s FAME exhibition at the Harrods Halcyon Gallery, 3rd Floor and online at fame.halcyongallery.com