Zoe Young is an Australian Painter. Two time Archibald Prize finalist, with an upcoming show in London, Young is a rising talent. Trained at the National Art School in Sydney, Young graduated in Sculpture under Ron Robertson-Swanns, an apprentice of Henry Moore. Applying modernist sculpture techniques to portraiture and still life painting, Young creates works that, although nostalgic, domestic and unapologetically feminine in subject matter, works are built upon solid structural foundations that reveal picture planes that curve and block as sculpture does. Following Euan Uglows approach to making marks, the colour and tone, are mixed, considered and carved with conviction at the easel.
Since Graduating, Young has had two children, bringing structure, maturity and purpose to her practice. Reg, a Gardener, brings a great deal of her subject matter to the studio - Zucchinni's, Plums and Magnolias, to name a few. The studio is kept warm by an Aga Stove and Young is currently bringing her mother's recipes back to life through painting. The drive to distil the beauty and essence of the moment is at the core of Young's intentions.
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 π 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.
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
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)
2016 Artist in Residence. Momtri’s Villa Royale. Phuket Thailand
2015 Artist in Residence, Winifred West Schools, Sturt/Frensham, NSW(current) 2013 Artist in Residence, Crackenback Farm, Crackenback, NSW
2012 Artist in Residence, Arthaus, Thredbo Village, NSW
ARTICLES & MEDIA
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