About Don Russell

Biographical Notes

  • 1970 Born in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1978 Moved to Windsor, Ontario
  • 1989 Began studies at the University of Guelph
  • 1995 Living and painting in Guelph
  • 1997 Began to exhibit professionally


  • 2001 – 2002 Advanced Studies Programme, Dundas Valley School of Art
  • 1989 – 1995 Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph, Specialized Fine Arts

Awards & Grants

  • 2010 Exhibition Assistance Program – Ontario Arts Council
  • 2005 Exhibition Assistance Program – Ontario Arts Council
  • 1999 Exhibition Assistance Program – Ontario Arts Council
  • 1998 Artist Production Grant – Métis Cultural Development Initiative

Instructional Workshops

  • 2006 Artistic Director of mural project commissioned by the University of Guelph South Residence Student Association: University of Guelph Aboriginal student artists produced original murals highlighting educational perspectives from various Aboriginal cultures.
  • 2002 Teaching assistant with foundation year students at the Dundas Valley School of Art
  • 1999 – Conducted a training workshop with Aboriginal youth group in Guelph, Ontario: Within a workshop context developed a large-scale encaustic painting which is now touring throughout 16 Ontario First Nations’ communities.
  • 1997 – 1998 – Conducted painting/drawing workshops with Native Sons prison Group at the Guelph Correctional Center, Guelph, Ontario: Workshops for incarcerated men were based on learning and practicing various encaustic methods of painting and drawing as well as water media ( watercolor and acrylic) painting methods within an Aboriginal context.


  • Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
  • University of Guelph, Aboriginal Resource Centre
  • National Commission Project, Canadiana Fund
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • MacMaster University Medical Centre
  • Burgundy Assets