Gallery

George Young

OUTSIDE/IN

1 - 29 May 2021

My work starts with a real event or situation and often through several versions of paintings, it moves from being more directly representational to a much more constructed composition. It is a process of stripping out the inessential and expanding on the more painterly and symbolic elements. 

These paintings are largely painted during lockdown, so there’s a lot of latent energy and emotion. I was drawn to painting things shrouded in dust sheets as a symbol of life in stasis but as it is beginning to feel like we’re coming out into a spring time so there is quite a lot of colour  and optimism showing through the drab.  

My work is diaristic because I’ve found that the paintings come out better that way, if I have direct knowledge of the subject and emotional interest. The trouble has been what do you paint when you’re not able to go out much. The work has been focussed inward for a year but there’s plenty to look at and analyse. The best thing about it has been the ability to examine these spaces as psychologically loaded.

George Young grew up in Durweston, Dorset and now lives in London. Since his MA at the Royal College of Art, Young has showed in London, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels and Stockholm as well as five previous solo exhibitions at the Art Stable.

Night Table
oil on paper
98 x 65 cm
£ 2200
Dust sheets
oil on paper
98 x 66 cm
£ 2200
Staircase
oil on paper
110 x 71.5 cm
£ 2300
Beach
oil on paper
57 x 83 cm
sold
Plant
oil on paper
65 x 49 cm
sold
Wardrobe
oil on paper
103 x 77 cm
sold
Lit Daffodils
oil on paper
68 x 56 cm
£ 1900
Orchid
oil on paper
64 x 49 cm
£ 1800
Night Flowers
oil on paper
89 x 57 cm
sold
Theo, steps
oil on paper
85 x 60 cm
£ 2000
Green Wardrobe
oil on paper
71 x 64 cm
sold
Dust sheets II
oil on paper
65 x 99 cm
sold
Stair Flowers
oil on paper
69 x 57 cm
£ 2000
Dust Sheets
woodcut, edition variable of 10
45 x 60 cm
£ 650 (unframed)
£ 800 (framed)
Orchid in a Bowl
woodcut, edition variable of 10
60 x 40 cm
£ 600 (unframed)
£ 730 (framed)
Horse and Lorry
oil on paper
73 x 88 cm
£ 2200
London House
woodcut
90 x 68 cm
£ 980
Tennis
woodcut
68 x 90 cm
£ 980
Horse and Dog
woodcut
68 x 90 cm
£ 980
Hotel
woodcut
35 x 26.5 cm
£ 440