Dartmouth born Gyrth Russell attended the Victoria School of
Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Early on he demonstrated
a strong interest and technical facility in printmaking. Further
study in Boston and then Paris confirmed his stylistic affinity
with the Impressionists which is particularly apparent in his
coloured aquatints. In 1917, Russell was appointed to the Canadian
War Memorials Fund along with fellow Canadian artists, A. Y. Jackson,
Cyril Barraud and James Kerr Lawson. Assigned the rank of Lieutenant,
Russell completed a full set of drypoint etchings for the Fund.
On his discharge from the army, he settled permanently in England
where he continued to paint and exhibit his work until his death
in Penarth, Wales at the age of 78.