Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR14 Untitled

Untitled MR14

acrylic on canvas

65 x 57 inches framed

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR38 Untitled

Untitled MR38

acrylic on canvas

56 x 68 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR4 This and Nothing Else

This and Nothing Else MR4

acrylic on canvas

56 x 45 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR255 Untitled

Untitled MR255

acrylic on canvas

50 x 59 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR21 Grayscape, 1960

Grayscape MR21


oil on canvas

51 x 63 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR155 Untitled

Untitled MR155

acrylic on canvas

71 x 57 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR118 Untitled (reclining nude)

Untitled (reclining nude) MR118

acrylic on canvas

45 x 57 inches

MR345 Untitled Monoliths, c. 1962  oil on burlap

Untitled Monoliths MR345

c. 1962

oil on burlap

51 x 73.75 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  MR239 Untitled (two pink and red nudes)

Untitled (two pink and red nudes) MR239

acrylic on canvas

62 x 51 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  Untitled (nude woman, hand over eye)

Untitled (nude woman, hand over eye)

ink wash on rice paper

15 x 12 inches framed

Michele Russo (1909-2004)  Untitled (two nude men)

Untitled (two nude men)

ink wash on rice paper

17 x 12.75 inches framed

Press Release

Russo Lee Gallery is also pleased to present Michele Russo: Works from the Estate. Michele Russo (1909–2004) consistently focused his work on the human condition and consequently the ideals of man. Known primarily for slim and spare Modernist figurative works, Russo also painted chic portraits and elegant formalist landscapes. Featuring large-scale paintings and a selection of smaller drawings, this exhibition highlights Russo at his best, sourced from over three decades of work previously held in the artist’s estate and private collections.

Michele Russo made significant contributions to the Northwest throughout his life. After graduating from Yale in 1934 and marrying fellow artist Sally Haley, he arrived in Portland in 1947. He taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art for over 25 years and became an active advocate for the arts during the politically charged 1950s. He was a founder of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and was the first artist appointed to the Metropolitan Arts Commission in the 1970s. Throughout his career, Michele Russo’s work was included in major exhibitions nationally and is in many public and private collections. Russo was honored with a fifty-year retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1988. More recently, his work was part of the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy.