Don Russell Work Acquired by Federal Government’s Canadiana Fund
Craig Scott Gallery artist Don Russell has been honoured by the acquisition of his “Singing Sands” (58 x 75 inches, 2006) by the federal government’s Canadiana Fund. “Singing Sands” was the signature piece in his Elements of Memory exhibition at Craig Scott Gallery in late 2006. The work is seen above, on the left; on the right is a new work,”Licks,” from Russell’s new series.
The Canadiana Fund “was created in 1990 to enhance the beauty and significance of state areas of the official residences through public donations of furnishings, paintings and objets d’art or the funds to purchase them. Pieces are chosen that reflect Canada’s heritage, artistic traditions and historical associations, or to complement the architectural style of a particular residence.” (National Capitol Commission website). The large majority of works acquired by the fund are older works, many antique, such that the acquisition of recently created contemporary works is comparatively rare. Russell joins a very select list of contemporary artists that includes Attila Richard Lukacs (Arbour Vitae 1, 1999).