The paintings of Henrietta Young involve an acute observation of the environment where she lives, in particular the view from her garden, involving a field and maybe a horse or a dog, quietly contemplating. But the mood of the works, in varying lights and atmospheres, changes with the expressive use of colour and paint, so that one senses things that have happened or are about to happen. As The Week magazine described them in 2004, ‘The works convey a contemplative, elegiac quality that lingers in the mind long after the paintings are out of sight.’
At the beginning of the pandemic I didn’t feel like doing anything particularly creative, preferring to observe and think about the new technicolour place we seemed to be living in – but soon felt compelled to begin this series of repetitive landscapes reflecting both the change in the new tempo of life as well as the faux 1950s Ladybird-coloured world I felt I was now inhabiting.
Henrietta trained at Winchester Art School and has lived and worked in Dorset since 1973. She has been a prize winner in the John Player award and has exhibited regularly in the West Country and London.