The Ulster Festival of Art & Design 2011: Russell Mills
Russell Mills works across a number of creative disciplines – fine art, multimedia, stage and lighting design and has produced record covers and book covers for a host of distinguished artists.
In the 1980′s he started to get commissions to design record album covers and packaging.
He has worked with:
- Brian Eno
- Nine Inch Nails
- Talking Heads
- Michael Nyman
- Miles Davis
- David Sylvian
- Cocteau Twins
- Bob Marley
- Rain Tree Crow
As a recording artist he has collaborated with musicians, such as The Edge, David Sylvian, Ian McCulloch and Peter Gabriel and has released 2 CDs with his recording project Undark.
He has worked on stage and lighting design with a number of companies including Siobhan Davies Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and David Sylvian.
Over the last 20 years his gallery work has evolved to use computer design applications such as PhotoShop. His trademark collage style is still frequently in evidence, but now in a virtual/digital form. He uses hand-drawn or painted imagery, often as part of a collage. He frequently incorporates images of water and sky, and negative space is a rarely to be found in his compositions. Russell’s recent gallery work includes shows at Tullie House Art Gallery, Carlisle and Armitt Museum, Ambleside (with collaborator Ian Walton).
He is Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art and a Visiting Professor at the Glasgow School of Art.
Russell will talk about his work and in particular the fascinating range of cross-disciplinary projects.