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 Stephen Scott Young  (1957 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida/South Carolina/Hawaii / Bahamas      Known for: figure, genre and landscape painting, etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Stephen Scott Young, noted for his watercolors, was born in 1957 and lives adjacent to Jonathan Dickinson State Park near Palm Beach County, Florida. Young's interest in art was perhaps motivated by picture books given to him by his mother, depicting the works and styles of 'Old Masters' Vermeer and Caravaggio. After graduating from high school, Young spent three years studying printmaking at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. He began to work in watercolor around 1976, with his style maturing in the 1980's. In 1985, Young won a first prize at an American Artist's national art competition in watercolors. The large size of his paintings lends added dimension and realism, and he often incorporates bright and clear colors.

His work has at times been compared with that of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and Thomas Eakins. Young and Homer's subject matter is very similar; both making the Bahamas a primary venue for painting, as well as opting for black models as subjects. Collectors often hang his works beside those of the great realists of the 19th-century. Young has even made 'virtual' recreations of some of Homer's work. In the early 1980's, Young made his first visit to the Bahamas and was impressed by the crisp, bright light of the islands. It took Young about five years to be satisfied with his rendering of such light onto paper.

His watercolor painting, "The Tournament", was sold at a 1998 Christie's auction, making Young perhaps the youngest living artist to have paintings included at a Christie's auction. Young completes less than twenty paintings a year.

Source: American Art Review


Biography from Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs:
In 1985, Florida artist Stephen Scott Young won first prize in watercolor in American Artist's national art competition.

People compare Young with artists of the past, such as Winslow Homer, but Young's primary influences go back even further, to the Old Masters. The first two artists who captivated him were Vermeer and Caravaggio; when he first started painting he was given picture books about their work.

After graduating from high school, Young studied for three years at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where he concentrated on printmaking. He began working with watercolor as early as 1976, but his mature style emerged in the mid-1980's.

Paintings by Stephen Scott Young show that he has looked closely at the watercolors of both Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, the two greatest American realists of the 19th century. Young's subject matter is to that of Homer, who also visited the Bahamas and made paintings of black models, In fact, a few of Young's paintings are a virtual recreation of Homer's compositions.

For his sense of dramatic design and luminous, clear color, Young perhaps owes most to Homer. His execution, however, is essentially different and is influenced more by Eakins, who built up his watercolors in a more constructed fashion with careful stippling. Eakins taught him, as it were, to draw with watercolor. Young owes his careful accuracy and his ability to create figures that are not simply flat but have volume and weight to Eakins.

A virtuoso realist in the classic tradition, Stephen Scott Young remains an anomaly on the modern scene.

Young's paintings are not simply nostalgic but address the concerns of contemporary life. Visually, they possess an indisputably modern abstract power of design. Thematically, they deal with issues of race and human dignity that are particularly troubling and pertinent to the current American social condition.

Scott Young has had many one man exhibitions:
The Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama

Magazine References:
Dewberry, Elizabeth "Stephen Scott Young", Southern Accents, May-June 2007

Sources:
Surovek Gallery
Additional information Gold Leaf Designs, Alan Shuptrine Fine Art

Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:
Stephen Scott Young is known for his watercolor paintings.  Inspired by the work of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth, Young has done highly finished, detailed figurative subjects.

A graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, Young began working in watercolor in 1976, and took first prize at the American Artists national art competition in watercolors in 1985.  Also, in the early 1980's, Young made his first trip to the Bahamas where he discovered the crisp, bright light that has become the hallmark of his paintings today.  Currently, the artist divides his time between studios in Florida and the Bahamas.

Each masterwork by Stephen Scott Yound is preceeded by numerous drawings, sketches, studies, and preparatory paintings.  The spirit of these works in progress often exceeds the finished subject and, when available, are eagerly sought by collectors.

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