The Art Stable has held four solo exhibitions of the work of George Young, the most recent in April 1917.
In his new show (2017), a series of paintings featuring people, places or objects with which he has great familiarity, the artist wants to pinpoint the essence of his subject. In these bold, hard hitting works he seeks the third dimension, he captures presence and personality. This is a new departure for Young whose earliest paintings were marked by a hazy, other-worldliness, the paintings sometimes left unfinished to create a sense of detachment, a fleeting moment.
Young says: ‘Everything I’m painting at the moment is from my own experience…I want to slow down the process of looking and recording. Painting is protracted and the time it takes creates something complicated and immediate - things and shapes begin to have characters.“
His paintings are given clarity through delineation and a flattened-out plan like approach. Subjects of great simplicity - a vase of flowers in blue or green – fill the canvas to become visceral and emphatic.
Each work hides a story of significance to the artist. Cherry Tree (Leo) depicts a dead tree in his parents’ garden, one that Young grew up with, his nephew playing in front of it. Without leaves the dead tree revealed its structure to Young for the first time, it became animated and elegant. Island House, a favourite spot in Norway, is shown in the whole, as if the viewer has panoramic vision. We see the Island House as the artist himself has seen it and lived it; we feel his affection for a house he has stayed in many times.
George Young grew up in Durweston, Dorset and now lives in Brixton. Since his MA at the Royal College of Art, Young has showed in London, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels and Stockholm as well as three previous solo exhibitions at the Art Stable.