Meet Hollywood's hottest pop artist: Russell Young

 

Russell Young, Art of Elysium, Rebel, Rebel fundraiser CGG

 

What do you get when you bring together Frodo, Elvis Presley's granddaughter and today's It supermodel, plus one of Hollywood's popular and controversial artists? A fantastic gallery opening -- and fundraiser for the Art of Elysium.

 

CGG attended the fabulous opening party -- along with runway star and the face of Burberry, Agynes Deyn -- that was hosted by Elijah Wood and Riley Keough, at NYC's Milk Studios.

 

On display and for sale were the works of Britain's Russell Young, known for subverting celebrity images (his silkscreens of Kate Moss and former beau Peter Doherty as bankrobbers caused quite the stir) while also selling to the stars (Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt are just two of his fans). Young donated an entire body of new work -- cool rock images of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed -- to this charity that is close to his heart.

 

We caught up with him to find out just why he is so fond of the Art of Elysium, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and critically ill children.

 

CGG: So, can you tell me how you got involved with The Art of Elysium?

RY: I got involved through a friend who lived in the same apartment as Jennifer Howell, who’s the head of the Art of Elysium this year, and I was looking to have my first exhibition but I was sort of saving it for something, and this seemed like a great idea. And I think the first exhibition I donated 33% to charity, I got 33% and the gallery got 33%. And we’ve evolved into tonight where the charity’s getting 75% of the proceeds. So, it sort of makes sense as a business model, where- you know- that the money we can raise from tonight we’ll do hundreds of workshops.

 

Read the full interview here!!!