ROYAL AFRICAN FELLOWS > ANTHONY RUSSELL
Born and raised in Kenya and the UK, Anthony is an artist, designer, musician, philanthropist and conservationist with a passion for lions and Masaai culture. The son of a famed Kenyan hunter and safari operator, Anthony has drawn upon a lifetime of experience in the African wilderness, a deep knowledge of tribal culture and a rebellious and artistic spirit to create some of Africa’s most desirable and eco-friendly luxury safari camps including world renowned Shompole Lodge.
In addition, he has worked with Richard Leakey, Ian Douglas Hamilton, the Honourable Member of Parliament George Saitoti, Paul Allen and Donna Karan on community design orientation projects and pure wildlife protection projects.
Support for his endeavours has ranged from Calvin Klein and Stephano Gabbana to Ronnie Wood & David Bailey, as well as foundations such as the Ford Foundation, the UN and the European Union biodiversity programs.
Anthony’s art is best described by Vassilissa Conway, Art Editor of B Beyond magazine, “Anthony Russell’s art has a haunting quality about it. The sepia tones hark back to old colonial times, sharply contrasting with vivid tribal images and large iconic photographs of wild life, the whole fusing into a passionate and poignant tribute to conservationism in Africa. The resulting contrast of cultures and colours, as well as the unique to the artist use of different media, imbue the canvasses with powerful sensuality, muted yet palpable danger, and a potent sense of what Africa is about – a continent of contradictions, raw earthiness and compelling beauty like no other."
Anthony has had several successful exhibitions to date with proceeds from all sales benefiting a range of African conservation projects.