In the studio I endeavour to make an honest a facsimile of the world, wrestling delicately with my own instincts and navigating them towards an image, in the dark, with only one light on a canvas. Driven by the instinct of sometimes folly intuition, embracing the very long, argumentative, spirited and enlightening conversation between artists. We talk in pictures to each other, between generations and cultures, like a time machine. I have also grown to love the space, time, oasis that my studio is. Cultivating discipline over the years, I now enjoy the challenges that every painting has to be resolved, more often than not. The journey is my hunt, the image my prey.
I grew up in the most beautiful of places surrounded by the most colourful of characters who embraced the beauty of living, the least I could do was push my paint to endeavour to tell the stories, to me paint is gold, it has the ability to cement a moment and bring to life that which is so easily passed.
2019 The Kitchen Table. Olsen Annexe, Queen Street. Woollahra
2018 The Sea is the Key, The ocean is the Potion. Edwina Corlette Gallery.
2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. Edwina Corlette Gallery.
2018 Winter Soundtrack. Solo Show. Olsen Gallery
2018 Two foot Square. Group Show . Olsen Gallery
2017 The Orchard House. Solo Show. Olsen Gallery. Woollahra
2017 Artist Profile 10 Years of Australian Painting. Orange Regional Gallery
2017 Space between Hours. Solo Show.
2015 Home. Solo Show The Art Society, Southern Highlands, NSW
2017 Space between Hours.
2014 Geelong Grammar Alumni Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of Creativity
(Hung alongside Grandfather A.E Young)
2014 Ladies The Paint The Art Society, Southern Highlands, NSW
2014 Gold Graduates of the National Art School Exhibition, Studio W. Woolloomooloo, NSW 2014 Burrawang Designer and Artists Festival (Invited Artist)
2014 Celebrity Portrait Reveal (Invited Artist)
2012 National Art School Graduate Show, Sydney, NSW
2019 Sulman Prize (Finalist) Art Gallery NSW
2019 Ravenswood Art Prize (Finalist) Art Gallery NSW
2019 Celebrity Portrait Prize (Winner) Portrait of Ben Quilty, Bendooley Estate / Bowral Art Society
2018 Portia Geach Women's Art Prize (Winner - Judged by Female Trustee's of AGNSW)
2018 Mosman Art Prize (Margaret Olley Award Winner - Judged by Cressida Campbell)
2018 Pirtek Still Life Award (Winner)
2018 Calleen Art Prize (Finalist)
2017 Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize (Finalist)
2017 Mosman Art Prize (Finalist)
2017 Archibald Prize Salon de Refuse (Finalist) 2017 Veolia Mulwarree Creative Arts Scholarship 2017
Calleen Art Prize (Finalist)
2016 Archibald Prize (Finalist)
2015 Cooks Gallery Emerging Art Prize, Newcastle (Finalist)
2015 Wingcarribee Art Prize, Southern Highlands (Finalist)
2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2014 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (Finalist)
2014 Yen Magazine Female Artist of the Year (Highly Commended) 2013 John Copes Prize for Portraiture (Finalist)
2013 John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2013 Snowy Mountains Art Prize, Jindabyne Memorial Hall (Winner)
2015 - Ongoing Threbbo Alpine Ski Resort. Artist in Residence.
2016 Artist in Residence. Momtri’s Villa Royale. Phuket Thailand
2015 Artist in Residence, Winifred West Schools, Sturt/Frensham, NSW(current)
013 Artist in Residence, Crackenback Farm, Crackenback, NSW
2012 Artist in Residence, Arthaus, Thredbo Village, NSW
2012 Internship. 'Wonderfest' Tudor House School. Moss Vale
ARTICLES & MEDIA
Two Good Cook Book. Paintings by Zoe Young, recipes by Australia's Celebrity Chefs.
The Australian Newspaper. Review. Andrew Mcgahan 'THe Last Word' Portraits by Zoe Young
Bridget Mcleod, Zoe Young. 2017 Artist Profile.
Lucy Feagins, Zoe Young, April 2017, The Design Files
The Style Diaries 2017 Country Style.
Musa, H, Portrait on Olympian purchased by Canberra Airport, July 2016, City News
Evans, M, Striking artwork brightens up Canberra Airport, July 2016, Travellers News Marshall, C, Zoe Young portrait of snowboarder Torah Bright, July 2016, The Canberra Times Lee, V, Zoe’s Archibald success, July 2016, Southern Highland News