Stephen Scott Young
Stephen Scott Young is active/lives in Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii / Bahamas. Stephen Young is known for figure, genre and landscape painting, etching.
Stephen Scott Young
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.
Biography from Shuptrines
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.
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
In 1985, Florida artist Stephen Scott Young won first prize in watercolor in American Artist's national art competition.
Biography from Red Piano Art Gallery
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
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.
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.
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
Dewberry, Elizabeth "Stephen Scott Young", Southern Accents, May-June 2007
Additional information Gold Leaf Designs, Alan Shuptrine Fine Art
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.
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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.
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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