Born in 1971 in Exeter, Devon. UK, Russ Mills graduated from Leeds Met University in 1995 after completing a BA in Graphic Art and Design, specialising in Experimental Film and Animation. After finding gainful employment in various non-creative institutions, Mills went back to basics and began work with pen, pencil and computer.
Mills has worked as a freelance illustrator with numerous clients in publishing and entertainment, more recently pursuing the more traditional gallery/exhibitive path with solo shows in London and Bristol, and group exhibits in the U.S.
His current work is an clash of styles from classical to pop surrealism, focusing predominantly on the human form, though also abstracting elements from nature and the animal kingdom. To create his pieces, Mills compiles as much source material as possible in the form of textures, random marks, and scribbles, etc. He then scans these materials and the primary image and manipulates the parts digitally. He keeps the amount of layers to a minimum so the results are as spontaneous as possible. He doesn’t use any filters in order to keep the “digital” nature of the image to a minimum.