Russell Yuristy

About the Artist

Russell Yuristy is a Saskatchewan-born artist who uses humour and a sense of play in many of his works. He is best known for his large whimsical playground sculptures that children and families enjoy in many Canadian cities.  His  imageryAn image is a picture, idea, or impression of a person, thing, or idea; or a mental picture of a person, thing, or idea. The word imagery refers to a group or body of related images. (Artlex.com)  is often selected from his immediate environment. Using his imagination, he manipulates and changes what he observes to produce works with amusing, unassuming and often spontaneous qualities.  He captures a sense of honesty and innocence in his work through his masterly combinations of image, colour,  lineA mark with length and direction(-s). An element of art which refers to the continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point. Types of line include: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, straight or ruled, curved, bent, angular, thin, thick or wide, interrupted (dotted, dashed, broken, etc.), blurred or fuzzy, controlled, freehand, parallel, hatching, meandering, and spiraling. Often it defines a space, and may create an outline or contour, define a silhouette; create patterns, or movement, and the illusion of mass or volume. It may be two-dimensional (as with pencil on paper) three-dimensional (as with wire) or implied (the edge of a shape or form). (Artlex.com)  and materials.

Russell Yuristy obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Campus in 1962 and his Masters of Science in Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1967.  He taught and lived on the prairies for a number of years before moving to Ottawa, Ontario.  He currently (2007) teaches  printmakingA print is a shape or mark made from a block or plate or other object that is covered with wet colour (usually ink) and then pressed onto a flat surface, such as paper or textile. Most prints can be produced over and over again by re-inking the printing block or plate. Printmaking can be done in many ways, including using an engraved block or stone, transfer paper, or a film negative. The making of fine prints is generally included in the graphic arts, while the work of artists whose designs are made to satisfy the needs of more commercial clients are included in graphic design. (Artlex.com)  at the Ottawa School of Art.


Interview with Timothy Long - Funk Art and the Regina Clay Movement
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning