Artists Russell Steinert and Janis Stemmermann met in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1990 and launched the Russell Janis website in 2012 as a platform to experiment with presenting visual, cultural and art-making ideas. In 2014, they moved into the current studio location and began inviting artists of different mediums to experiment with printmaking and exhibit curated projects.
Creative director, Janis Stemmermann works across disciplines of ceramics, textiles and printmaking. In 1987, she started her career as a collaborative printmaker when she worked as an assistant to Robert Motherwell’s master printer Catherine Mosely. In 1992, she bought her own press in Brooklyn enabling her to work with contemporary artists. In setting up the Russell Janis studio she returned to collaborative printmaking as well as immersing herself in her own studio practice.
Project facilitator, Russell Steinert is a conceptually-oriented artist with a wide range in his personal practice, often combining painting and object making. While ensuring Russell Janis vision implementation, he engineers our websites, takes care of the Russell Janis studio and everything else.