Russel Tamblyn was born in Los Angeles in 1934 and began working regularly as an actor by the age of 14. Shortly after receiving an Oscar nomination for his work on the 1957 film Peyton Place, Tamblyn met Wallace Berman through Dean Stockwell. With encouragement from Berman, Tamblyn experimented with a range of media including collages, paintings, films, assemblages, artist books, and handmade postcards. Tamblyn stopped making movies and relocated to Topanga Canyon in 1964. Between 1967 and 1977 Tamblyn’s work was exhibited at the Mizuno Gallery, LACMA, and Molly Barnes Gallery among others. His last solo show took place in 1977 in a private exhibition at his home.