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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

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