Sculpture artist Russ Connell’s piece “El Scorcho” is part of the 2019 Art On Henderson Collection that is now on display on and off of Henderson Avenue in Dallas, TX. “El Scorcho” won third place in the awards presentation. We asked the artist a few questions about the inspiration behind the work and more.
How long have you been working as a sculptor artist?
I’ve been working professionally for about 8 years. I actually went to school for jewelry, but ended up having a lot more fun with the larger work.
How long have you lived in Dallas? How does it inspire or challenge your work?
I’ve lived in Dallas for 10 years. I’m inspired a lot from the arts community here. It’s nice to have other people nearby doing artwork to help keep me focused.
Where did you find the inspiration behind “El Scorcho”?
Most of my work isn’t sketched, I build shapes individually and they naturally fall into place with one another. “El Scorcho” is my favorite song off Weezer’s Pinkerton which I was listening to at the time this piece was made.
If you weren’t a sculpture artist, what else could you see yourself doing?
A musician, I play drums and enjoy performing.
What’s your favorite spot on Henderson Avenue?
Jake’s Burger’s is great and I have a piece out there currently!
photography credit: Kyle Pennington