Chinwe Russell is a UK based artist. She works from her studio situated in Doncaster. Chinwe also has a master’s in business management from the European school of Economics in Paris. Chinwe mainly paints her work on canvas and her preferred medium is acrylic. Her work is inspired by a diverse range of history and well as stories. She describes herself as I have a questing mind, and a rich imagination.
Chinwe Russell is a Nigerian-born British artist and curator with nearly 30 years of professional experience across many industries and geographies. Her CV encompasses Banking and Finance; Business Management and Development; Community Development; PR and Marketing; Training and Consultancy. She has developed her own Cosmetic and Skincare brand, while at the same time forging a successful career as professional artist. In addition to developing her own thriving art practice, Chinwe has brought her passion, energy, and creativity to bear on revitalising the visual arts sector in her adopted town of Doncaster.
Identified as a “Raw Talent” by the Yorkshire-based Arts& organisation, she was invited to exhibit in their 2018 exhibition in York. She has been a finalist at the Global Arts Awards, was selected for the Other Art Fair’s “Not 30% Project” and her work is featured in the Saatchi Online Gallery. Her work was selected for the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2019.
Her passion to make a difference to the lives of people through the arts, led her to establish the Doncaster Art Fair. Its aims are to give opportunities to artists working in the town to show and sell their works, as well as giving the general public the chance to see and buy art works developed within their own community.
Curator and Mentor
Through the Art Fair she helps mentor her fellow artists, especially emerging and first-time exhibitors. The success of this venture led to her establishing the artists in residence at the Doncaster Corn Exchange, the Cube Exhibition at the Doncaster Market and collaborations with many local organisations. Chinwe is also the project originator and curator of the Doncaster Arts movement project, a project aimed at helping the general public to understand a bit more about art. Not only that, Chinwe is the Founder of the D31 art gallery project in Doncaster amongst other things.
Chinwe also finds the time to focus on her own creativity. Her narrative artistic style has brought a string of accolades to her name. Often historical in nature, Chinwe’s work uses bold bright colours to depict subjects evocative of deep reflection and emotions. Her naïve, intuitive style can be found both in public and private collections in the UK and abroad. Chinwe works on bespoke commissions as well as groups her work into themed collections.
Some of her most important bodies of work include:
Histories and Stories
20 women who changed the world,
Tribes of Africa
Adam and Eve
Girls of Italy
Girls at the Corn exchange,
Gods of Africa (coming soon)
Her work will be shown very soon in a special exhibition at the new Doncaster Museum.
Chinwe is a graduate of:
European School of Economics Paris (MBA)
Universite, St.Denis, Paris (Modern Letters – Literature) BA
Abia State University Nigeria (Agronomy) - B.Sc.
Chinwe is influenced by our past as well as how it has shaped our present. She has said that she is inspired by the strength of a woman. She admires courage and is moved by weakness and hardship.
In her own words, she states, ‘I paint my version of history; not the way it happened, but how I imagine it could have happened. I was not there so I create the past in my own imagination. Who am I to judge what happened in the past?’. Chinwe likes to paint in bright and bold colours, it is said she like to ‘challenge and confront’.
There is also a personal connection to her art as Chinwe sees her art work as a kind od therapy, on the topic she says that ‘in times of great emotion, painting frees my soul’.
20 Women who changed the world, Solo Exhibition 2020, Danum
Museum and Art Gallery
Tribes of Africa Solo Exhibition 2020 - Danum Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Academy of Arts Summer exhibition 2019
The Other Art Fair 2018
Doncaster Art Fair, 16th September 2018 and 2019
Doncaster Art Club Annual Exhibition
Doncaster museum and Art Gallery 2018
The New Fringe exhibition 2018
RAW Talent 2018
Global Arts Awards 2018 (Finalist)