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…


Black and Light, Russ Ritell | 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.


Excited to announce that my work is featured in Fresh Paint Magazine this month!

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