J. RUSSELL WELLS                                                                             "Model Break"                                                                                                      20x16"                                                                                                         $2,240.                                                                                                         



Art is not just something J. Russell does, he lives it.  One cannot converse with him for long before the conversation has moved to some aspect of art and the creative process.




After graduation from the university with classes in printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting; J. Russell was sought after by interior designers in Chicago to create custom pieces for their corporate and residential clients. “I am inspired by the beauty of the world around me and the human condition and seek to communicate my inspiration through the creative use of paint application and materials selection, mixing representational forms of art with contemporary ideas.”



“I take a workshop every year with an artist I admire who I believe can stretch me and teach me new ways to create, think and observe. Presently I am experimenting with creative ways of making marks using a variety of tools and using color and composition to better express the story or feeling I want the viewer to experience.”



Education                                                                                                  Palette and Chisel Academy of Art, Chicago                             American Academy of Art, Chicago                                                Northern Illinois University, BSed                                                William Rainey                                                                                   Harper College                                                                                                   



Recent Workshops                                                                    Alyssa Monks                                                                                        Casey Baugh                                                                                               Roger Dale Brown                                                                               Quang Ho                                                                                                           



Recent Shows & Stuff






  • NOAPS Best of America 2017 


    • Award “Best Figurative Work”



  • Unlocking The Bible Fundraiser:  Painting “The Sower” completed live and auctioned at the event

  • American Impressionist Society Small Works 2017

  • Portrait Society Award of NOAPS Signature Artist Group Show 2016

    • Honorable Mention “Out of the Box” category



  • “Thief on the Cross” one act play by Stephen Baldwin, Painting “Reconciliation” featured in the performance.

  • “Grasshopper” movie, commissioned painting “It’s Over”

  • NOAPS Online International 2014

    • Award of Excellence



  • NOAPS  Best of America 2013

    • Award of Excellence



  • American Impressionist Society 2013

  • OPA Salon 2013

  • American Impressionist Society 2012

  • NOAPS Best of America 2012

  • OPA Eastern Regional 2011

  • OK Art, Oklahoma

    • Best of Show Award



  • 23rd Annual Conservatory Art Classic, Bosque TX

  • 22nd Annual Conservatory Art Classic, Bosque TX

    • 1st Place Gold



  • Barns & Farms National Juried Competition 2007

  • OPA Eastern Regional Miniature 2007

  • OPA Eastern Regional, 2005



Professional Memberships                                                                  OPA, Oil Painters of America                                                           Portrait Society of America                                                                   ARC,  Art Renewal Center                                                               American Impressionist Society                                                      NOAPS, National Oil and Acrylic Painters                                    Society Signature Status