Welcome to the R Young Art website, an online art gallery featuring the original, fine art oil paintings, sketches, drawings and pastel artwork produced by myself, Richard Young. I am a British national, born in Yorkshire in 1961, and now based in North Devon, UK where I have my office and studio.
Though I have always had a flair for pencil and chalk drawing, I began oil painting at the age of 12, studied hard, developed a talent and practiced in every spare moment, enjoying early regional competition success and media publicity for my work in the North of England. Fortunately, my tutors recognized my skill and encouraged me to undertake both my Ordinary and Advanced level art exams a few years earlier than my peers, which I passed with the top grades. Being financially driven at that time, in 1983 I graduated in engineering and with a passion to travel, I initially pursued a career as a design consultant with various International design consulting companies, residing primarily in the Middle East. Nevertheless, an artisan at heart, I returned to Commercial Art several years ago as a semi professional freelance artist, and have extensively developed artistry and my own personal style through exhaustive self tuition and ‘burning’ the midnight oil. I actively display my artwork in my website, galleries, magazine publications, shows and exhibitions and was in 2007 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.
I am a member of the following Societies and Organizations, for which I adhere fully to their requirements:
- Royal Society for Arts (RSA – Fellowship No. 6006459)
- Fine Art Trade Guild (Member No. 5727)
- Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
- North Devon Arts (Member No. 370)
In addition and as a minimum, I adhere fully to the requirements of The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000.
So… The style of my artwork is modern, yet classical / traditional and occasionally contemporary. The composition and technique I use is influenced and inspired by the realism and romanticism of my favourite post renaissance classical Masters and their wonderful, timeless masterpieces. Especially William Bouguereau, as his artwork was full of beauty and passion…
Predominantly figurative, the tendency of my artwork is towards carefully composed anonymity, capturing the emotions and self belief of the subject, rather than characteristic individual representation. The creation of figurative artwork not only depicts the emotions of the artist, it transforms the artist’s emotions. Also, it is far easier for all of us to carefully scrutinize figurative artwork and judge its anatomical accuracy, often creating a more personal understanding of specific favourite pieces. My figurative artwork is full of passion and is occasionally sensual. My ballerinas and flamenco / belly / tango dancers are passionate, moody, atmospheric and emotional, with a frozen realism. My musicians and singers come alive in their passionate performance. My wildlife is alive, though it’s a project very much in its infancy at the moment. My preferred lighting, shading and contrast are dramatic. I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. After all, without light, what is art? Unlike the vast majority of past and current artists, I delve extensively between the extremes of highlights and lowlights in my artwork in a chiaroscuro technique, occasionally minimalist, often leaving the viewer’s mind to complete the picture and to add depth. I always strive to create an atmosphere and passion in whatever I produce using traditional methods and techniques, at the highest possible quality and using mostly a knife, very occasionally a brush, canvas and a very limited colour palette of oil paint or pastels, often alla prima, mixing only on the canvas!
Hey – But tell me what you think!
“The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow.” – Kurt Vonnegut
And in the words of Shakespeare himself: “The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in their close relationship with beauty and truth.” As for me, I just love the smell of oil paint in the morning…
I’ve kept this c.v. / profile / biography quite brief, which should be read in conjunction with the frequently asked questions on the FAQ page. However, if you require a formal Artist’s Statement or more information about myself, the Artist, Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The website design and development is entirely my own, though my capabilities are fairly limited in this regard hence I’ve tried to make it simple yet informative and easy to navigate.
Meanwhile, my artwork is proudly displayed in galleries, corporate offices and the residences of private collectors worldwide…
Richard Young – FRSA
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