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 Russell Crotty  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: astrological installation, globe drawings-sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Based in Los Angeles, Russell Crotty has been an abstract painter, installation artist and in the 1990s began to focus on drawing.  His early drawings were based on the many ink sketches he makes in journals, especially of surfers, but then switched to a fascination with astronomy, which has resulted in his globe drawings.  Of this activity, he says:  "The process of drawing for myself and probably a lot of people seems more natural than painting, which is kind of forced by all the history and trends. . . I found that by simplifying the materials, it became much more interesting and subtle, not so bombastic as the abstract painting." (Sheets 100)

He records his night-sky observations in sketch books, and then creates drawings in oversize books that resemble atlases and also onto globes, painstakingly building up the finished work with tiny pen strokes.  An installation of seven globes was exhibited in Pittsburgh in the spring of 2006 at the Mattress Factory.

Crotty is a member of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers.


Sources include:
Hilarie M. Sheets, "The Big Draw", ARTnews, March 2006, pp.98 -103
Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition, http://www.phxart.org/pastexhibitions/bigger_than_us.asp

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