And of course, I have always loved games, with their etiquettes and procedures, their characteristic webs of space and time, their various sanctions of chance and order, and their frameworks conferring value or constraint; the parole of number, suit, touchline, goal and net. Games seem to be a comic attempt to provide and ordering metaphor for life’s tragic absurdidty, to give narrative or dramatic shape to inchoate flux. Bruce Russell, Passion for the Code, ‘An Artist’s Confessions’ Kingston University MS, 1993

GMT00 Evening in Chinatown
Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 140 cm., 1999

GMT00 Today’s Contemporary Designs
Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 140 cm., 1999

GMT31 Tom Hark
Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 140 cm., 1999


World’s Fair
small-12 medium-9 medium-centered

Circles & Diamonds




Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, variously 20 x 20 cm. and 30 x 30 cm.

Night Music

Photo of Bruce Russell in his studio ...

Bruce Russell


[32] But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing of a pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

[33] On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammeled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.

— Cicero, 1st century BC

The Original source for lorem ipsum text in English translation. The lorem ipsum text is typically a mangled section of De finibus bonorum et malorum, a 1st century BC Latin text by Cicero, with words altered, added, and removed that make it nonsensical, improper Latin. The physical source of the Lorem Ipsum text may be the 1914 Loeb Classical Library Edition of the De Finibus, where the Latin text finishes page 34 with "Neque porro quisquam est qui do-" and begins page 36 with "lorem ipsum (et seq.)…", suggesting that the galley type of that page was scrambled to make the dummy text seen today.

This is H. Rackham’s 1914 translation – in the aforementioned Loeb Classical Library edition.