Russell Scarpulla

Russell Scarpulla, born in 1947 in New York City, spent his earlier career in New York (after serving as Alfonso Ossorio's and Willem de Kooning's studio assistant) but has resided in Europe for the last decades. He left New York at a time when most artists around the world still desired to go there... Thanks to Russell Scarpulla's decade-long work in Europe and to the warm reception he has received in Belgium and Italy, elementalism - Scarpulla's decidedly idiosyncratic version of it, at least - can be considered in that range of International Styles. Elementalism is now part of the European artistic discourse (after Peter Frank, July 1991).