Richard J S Young

Born in Surrey in 1954 Richard John Sheffield Young moved to Adelaide in 1955, spending his early childhood in south Australia before returning to England at the age of 14.  He now lives and works in Bath.
Australian artists such as Sydney Nolan and Tom Phillips remain an ongonig interest from his time in Australia, a country which he regards as home.

Having gained a PhD in Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury Richard has a scientific background but has also been painting professionally since leaving university, choosing to join his interests in art and science.  He has worked on designing pigments for ceramic glazes and designing inks for screen printed electronic applications.

I enjoy colour and making marks. My drawings and watercolour paintings are explorations of how the paint or pencil interact with the paper. Indeed, I started using interesting papers since I was at University and the majority of my work on paper is on either Arches hot pressed or Fabriano Artistico hot pressed. For me, my more interesting images are those that are cerebral and require some interpretation on the part of the viewer. Certainly, my exhibition pieces are like that. I am primarily a figurative artist, I enjoy drawing and painting the figure.

My influences are diverse – music, the figure, dance, the sea, the desert. The early artistic influences are JMW Turner, John Constable and Richard Parkes-Bonington who form the classic roots to my paintings. The handling of the images are influenced by the New York Expressionists such as Rothko, De Kooning, Pollock, Diebenkorn and Rauschenberg. The handling of the figurative works are influenced by Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, Kitaj and Euan Uglow with Sutherland and Hockney influencing colour choice and narrative.

Richard’s work is held in private collections in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines and Australia

2015    Sound and Vision, Quercus Gallery
2015   Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Gallery, Bath
2015   BS9 Arts Trail, northwest Bristol
2014   BS9 Arts Trail, northwest Bristol
2009   Wheatsheaf, Coombe Hay
2008   Royal West of England Academy – Sollus & Dullis
2006   Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
2006   Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Gallery, Bath
2004   Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Gallery, Bath
2004   Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
2003   Anthony Hepworth Gallery, Bath
1997   Royal West of England Academy – Autumn Exh
1996   Eight Bell’s Gallery, One man show
1996   Royal West of England Academy – Autumn Exh, Bristol
1995   Royal West of England Academy – Autumn Exh, Bristol
1994-00     Eight Bells Gallery, Tetbury, England
1994   Kings Arms Didmarton, England
1993   Kingsley Galleries, Bath
1988-92     Private commission work (Switzerland)
1983    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London
1983   Reading Gallery, Reading, England
1978   3 commissions from the University of Kent
1978   One man exhibition, University of Kent
1978   Winner University of Kent Art Competition
1977   Winner University of Kent Art Competition
1963   Winner NEWS drawing contest