Russell Craig

Artist Russell Craig working on the Portraits of Justice mural in his studio. Photo by Steve Weinik.

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Russell Craig is an accomplished painter and Philadelphia native whose work combines portraiture with deeply social and political themes. A self-taught artist who survived nearly a decade of incarceration after growing up in the foster care system, Craig creates art as a means to explore the experience of overcriminalized communities and reassert agency after a lifetime of institutional control. His work has been shown at Rutgers Universtiy, the Truth to Power exhibition during the Democratic National Convention, and State Goods: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration, among other venues. His work has garnered coverage in outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, Artsy, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Craig is an alumni of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Restorative Justice Guild program, and a 2017 “Right of Return” fellow.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018