1973 – Present
Marcel Russ (b. 1973) is a Haida artist currently based in Vancouver, BC. Born in Queen Charlotte City on Haida Gwaii, Marcel is from the Raven Clan from Masset and his chief is Ilts’uwoos of the Raven Clan. The Russ family are well-known argillite carvers of the Haida Nation, and his ancestors on his grandmother’s side were also renowned carvers. His work is strongly influenced by his father, noted argillite carver Ron Russ, as well as his uncle Chris Russ. He also acquired his expertise by working alongside noted artists such as Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob, Henry Green, and Bill Reid.
Russ started carving argillite at the age of eight, and began carving wood when he was twelve. Twenty years later, he has widened his materials in practice with precious metals, ivory, jade, and original paintings in acrylic.
His argillite and wood carvings have been collected internationally. In the spring of 1999 he exhibited with his father at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He also carved a 22 foot pole for the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert, and assisted Jim Hart with the carving of 40 foot pole for the village of Tanu.