Jack Russell’s artistic talents are recognised world-wide. His painting ‘We Will Remember Them’ commissioned by the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers hangs in HM Tower of London. Whilst 13,000 miles away, in Australia, another of the Bradman Oval at Bowral, hangs in the Sir Don Bradman Museum.
The artists’ chosen subjects are diverse; on the one hand his passion for the countryside and wildlife, inspires paintings and landscapes ever changing through seasons, so typically English; whilst on the other lays his keen interest in Military History, particularly in commemoration ‘lest we forget’. Jack Russell’s painting of The Cenotaph is stunning, with limited edition copies now hanging in British Legion clubs everywhere. Commissioned by the Army Benevolent Fund to paint the remaining Field Marshals of the British Army which of course included HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Duke of Kent resulted in a canvas measuring 12' x 4' which now hangs in the National Army Museum in Chelsea. Jack's evocative painting Cockleshell Heroes hangs in the Royal Marines Barracks Poole.
It seems quite natural that Jack Russell is regarded as the foremost painter of cricket scenes, having played on most grounds, at both county and test level throughout the world. A distinct advantage is gained when creating the atmosphere, so important to a picture, if one has experienced it. A distinguished cricket lover said, when describing a painting by Jack Russell, “I just have to look at it, and I’m there, watching the game”.
It was whilst playing for England v West Indies 1990 that Jack painted his now famous Moment of Victory this was followed by Moment in History and Adelaide, the former being England's historic win in Barbados 1994 and the latter the 4th Test victory in Adelaide 1995. Prints from these works of art are now sold out. Who can forget the epic stand between Mike Atherton and Jack Russell at Johannesburg in 1995 to save England from defeat? Jack's painting of this moment is now available in a limited edition. Jack also painted wonderful images of wildlife and landscapes during rest times on tour. In 1999 the artist was commissioned by NatWest to paint the World Cricket Cup Final which took place in June, a good omen; he was back at Lord's in August and took part in Gloucestershire's two epic wins in the same month. The latter, the NatWest Trophy he has captured on canvas.