Russell Chatham was born in San Francisco on October 27, 1939. He lived there until his family moved to Marin County in 1949, where he remained until moving to Livingston, Montana in 1972. As a painter and author, Chatham is entirely self-taught. He is the grandson of the great landscape painter Gottardo Piazzoni.
He began exhibiting formally in 1958, and since then has had more than four hundred one man shows at museums, private galleries and universities throughout the United States. Chatham began printmaking in 1980, and now, thirty years later, having produced more than a hundred and thirty editions, many regard him as the world’s foremost lithographer.
Chatham has been profiled in Esquire, Men’s Journal, People, Architectural Digest, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, PBS and CBS Sunday Morning.
Chatham’s writing includes hundreds of articles, short stories, essays and reviews about art, fly fishing, bird hunting and conservation, as well as numerous pieces on food and wine. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Esquire, The Atlantic, Men’s Journal, Outside, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and many other smaller specialty magazines. His books include The Angler’s Coast, Silent Seasons and Dark Waters. He founded Clark City Press in 1989, and the Livingston based company has achieved a sound national reputation.
Among Chatham’s private painting collectors are authors Peter Matthiessen, the late David Halberstam, Richard Ford, Rick Bass, Tom Robbins and Carl Hiaasen; editors Jann Wenner and Terry McDonell; former commissioner of baseball Fay Vincent; art critic Robert Hughes; media correspondents Tom Brokaw, the late Ed Bradley and the late Charles Kuralt; entrepreneurs Yvon Chouinard, Thomas Siebel, Paul Allen and William Randolph Hearst III; chefs Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain; entertainment personalities Michael Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Jeff Bridges, the late Sydney Pollack, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sean Connery, Angelica Huston, the late Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Ali MacGraw, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford and Harrison Ford.
Russell Chatham lives in Livingston, Montana.