1st Prize Creative Climate Awards, Opening Reception

Was so surprised to have won first prize at the Creative Climate Awards this evening!

A great event for a great cause, among really solid work. What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Thank you to the Human Impacts Institute .

Exhibiting at the Taipei Cultural building 1 East 42nd st. NYC.

In gratitude. 🙏🏼

The Burial will be exhibited as part of “HeART & Mind” Oct 31, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020

The Burial will be exhibitied as part of  “HeART & Mind” (October 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020). The Silvermine Arts Center is organizing the exhibition HeART & Mind (October 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020) exploring how creativity can heal, nurture and sustain lives worth living.

Upcoming Shows Featuring “Gorgon” at Silvermine Gallery & Viridian Arts Gallery in Chelsea, NY

Proud to announce “Gorgon” has been selected and will be showing in September at Silvermine Gallery @silvermine_arts_center in New Canaan CT
And then in November at Viridian Contemporary @viridianartistsinc in Chelsea, NYC. 

The Nor’Easter 49th Annual Juried Exhibition at the New Britain Museum, CT

Honored to have been chosen as best in show and exhibited in the New Britain Museum which houses hero’s of mine such as: Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Fredrick Church , NC Wyeth and my painting teacher from SVA Max Ginsberg. Special thanks to my wonderful daughters, Meghan Spiro, and my Brother Bruce for support.

Melt Down, Limner Gallery Hudson, NY

Excited to announce “Earthless” (detail) as being selected for the “Meltdown” exhibit at Limner Gallery in Hudson NY – opening June 14 thru July 13th 2019.


His website puts it right out there: “Russ Ritell — Oil Painter, Artist in the Hudson Valley.”

And while that description is certainly accurate, it only touches on the depth of Ritell’s story.

A recent visit to the artist’s studio, housed within a cabin in the woods of Cold Spring, offers a closer look into a most creative soul whose work is poised to reach a wider audience.

In 2018, Ritell had his first international showing in Berlin, was featured in an autumn show in Woodstock and, in December, not only exhibited again at bau Gallery, the oldest contemporary fine-art gallery in Beacon and one where he is a member, but also curated the show, Natural Selection…


Natural Selection, BAU Gallery Opening Reception

Packed the house @ the opening reception of “Natural Selection”. Thank you for all those who contributed and all came out in support. What a great night! 

Artists include: Russ Ritell, Meghan Spiro, Lindsey Luna, Jerika Broussard, Melissa Robin, Laianna Ferruggia, Jack Rusinek

Black and Light, The Highlands Current

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Cold Spring painter frames action with darkness

Growing up, painter Russ Ritell was a fan of page-turners such as Tales from the Arabian Nights and sci-fi fantasies, which gave him, he says, “vivid pictures in my head.”

The Cold Spring resident was also a fan of illustrators such as N. C. Wyeth and Dean Cornwell, which led to an appreciation for their antecedents: artists of the Italian Baroque and pre-Renaissance periods, Spanish painters and the Dutch masters of light.


3 paintings on view at WAAM gallery in Woodstock, NY – October 27th thru Nov. 25th. Reception Nov.3rd 4pm -6pm


Currated and developed fundraiser for children displaced by war in Syria Art for Aleppo

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