DRAWN IN: RUSS WAGNER
A work of art can truly compel us, when an artist inspires us to see something familiar in a new and different way. Artist Russ Wagner, whose career in financial sales brought him around the world, has combined the techniques of masters to create dazzling, saturated portraits of a dreamlike San Francisco.
as an function of wagner's career as a successful financial salesman, wagner traveled the world, visiting museums and absorbing international arts and culture. In his travels, he encountered two artists whose work inspired him above all others: Vincent Van Gogh, and Edward Hopper.
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From Van Gogh, Wagner was inspired by a saturated color palette. The Impressionist tendency to capture a moment in time. "I am inspired by movement, strong color and candid interactions between people and their environment. Capturing that one small moment in time that holds so much emotion," says Wagner.
Russ Wagner has been painting for over 15 years and resides in
Pt. Richmond California. Known for his bright, fauve-influenced use of color, Wagner paints the "unseen" colors he perceives in both interior and outdoor scenes.
His unique brushstroke and warm color palette evokes a sense
of motion and passion. Wagner's oil paintings, inspired by years of studying the Masters including Hopper and van Gogh, capture the vitality of life.
His current exhibits focus on San Francisco cityscapes and
historic streetcars. "I am inspired by movement, strong color and candid interactions between people and their environment.
Capturing that one small moment in time that holds so much
emotion," says Wagner.
Wagner's sense of craft can be seen in his exacting choice of
canvas and high-quality paints. His work is divided between
commissioned pieces, for which he works with his clients to develop
the subject and theme, as well as a variety of outdoor and candid scenes.
Wagner received a bachelor's degree in finance from
Arizona State University in 1987. After a successful career in
financial sales, Wagner chose to devote his time to his true passion
of painting life in motion.