Artist Bio

Cecilia Russell

"Lost For Words is my own unique concept: Kiwi scenes created entirely of words!

"The idea for these artworks started when I was teaching at secondary school - way back. I experimented with the idea on and off over some years - but it wasn't until 1994 that I started producing my artworks as prints. And they took off!

"Each one is months of painstaking but satisfying work. And as far as I know, I'm the only one in the world who makes anything like this. (Although I may just be the only one bananas enough to do it.) Lost for Words in Enzed was one of the earliest artworks, and is still going strong - after 20 years - as the best-seller in the series.

"At the beginning of 2015 my daughter Katie Russell, a.k.a Wellington artist KilowattKatie, started a range of tees and small prints based on words in my Lost For Words prints."

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The Lost For Words concept and all images are Copyright © 1994-2015 Cecilia Russell


Cecilia Russell's varied career has included painting, portraiture, graphic arts, illustration, educational television and teaching. During much of that time she has shown her work in galleries around New Zealand, as well as two shows in the United States.

For 20 years she had her own studio/gallery in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. In 2011 she moved to South Taranaki where she now works from her studio in Hawera’s oldest commercial building.

2015: The Princes Street Row

The Princes Street Row exhibition - curated by Cecilia Russell - focused on five historical buildings in Hawera and the larger than life figures who helped create their history.