Russell Thurston

Born in Norman, Oklahoma.

Grew up in Southern California.

B.F.A. degree - Cal State Univ. Fullerton.

M.F.A. degree - School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Worked as freelance illustrator & photographer for 20 years.

Lives in Santa Fe, NM. with his wife Gretchen, a writer,

and their son Max.


Selected Solo Shows

2013 -- Vivo Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

“Momentum” - New Work by Russell Thurston

2011 -- Vivo Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

“Earthly Delights”

2009 -- R & F Gallery, Kingston, New York

“Deus ex Machina”

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

“Too Near the Sun”

2007 -- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

180° Wax: Hot & Cold

2006 -- wag artworks, Chicago

“Natural Selection: New Paintings”

wag artworks

“Wax Paper: New Encaustic Works on Paper

2005 -- Cruz Gallery, Santa Fe

“Waxy Build-up: New Encaustic Paintings”

wag artworks“New Works: Paintings by Russell Thurston”

2004 -- Big Cat Gallery, N.Y.C.

“The Sin Paintings”

Selected Group Shows


2012 -- Morean Arts Center

“Wax – Medium Meets Message”


2011 -- La Tienda Art Gallery

“Visual Synergy”


Santa Fe Convention Center Community Gallery, Santa Fe

“Mining the Unconscious” 


2010 -- Santa Fe Convention Center Community Gallery, Santa Fe



2009 -- Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

“Fourth Annual Encaustic Invitational”


Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

“Metamorphosis: Contemporary Statements in Encaustic”


2008 -- Monserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass.

“On the Edge” Invitational Encaustic Show


2006 -- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

“Points of View”


Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

“Small Works”



2005 -- wag artworks, Chicago

Summer Show


Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

“8 x 8” Small Works Show


Phildes Gallery, N.Y.C.

“The Seven Sins Show”


Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe

“The Seductive Surface



Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, August 2011: Review of the show – “Earthly Delights” by Michael Abatemarco


Santa Fe New Mexican, March, 2009: “Welcome to Encaust Co,” a review of the 2009 encaustic show at Zane Bennett Gallery


Santa Fe New Mexican, August, 2005: “They Melt in Your Car, Not in the Gallery,” a review of the 2005 encaustic show at Cruz Gallery


THE Magazine, August, 2005


Corporate Collections 


Sony Music Corporate Headquarters, Los Angeles, Ca.


American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.


Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Philadelphia, Pa.


Hotel Monaco, Chicago, Ill.

photo be Eric Swanson

Photo by Eric Swanson