Richard J.S. Young

"I enjoy colour and making marks. My drawings and watercolour paintings are explorations of how the paint or pencil interact with the paper...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." Sulis Fine art Ltd. are thrilled to bring to you the works of Bath-based artist, Richard J.S. Young.

Born in the leafy suburbs of Woking, Surrey in 1954, Richard’s family moved to Australia a year later where they settled near Adelaide, and then in Woomera in South Australia. It was in Australia that Richard first began to discover his passion for the arts. Living in Woomera’s arid and dry landscape, Richard became fascinated with colour and abstraction, using the library as his inspiration. He revelled in books displaying the paintings of Impressionist artists, particularly the works of Cézanne and Matisse whose works offered a vibrant contrast to the landscape that surrounded him at the time. Young was particularly drawn by Turner’s earlier landscapes and the pastiches that followed them, in particular the works of Mark Rothko.

These influences stayed with Young throughout his life and career and he often consults the same books as a source of continual inspiration. Richard obtained a PhD in Chemical Physics at the University of Kent in Canterbury and has spent his life building a reputable career working in the field of solar energy. Young has stated that he had “chose to join his interests in art and science...I was inspired as a teenager by Leonardo Di Vinci who as a Renaissance man joined art and the sciences and pioneered many of the techniques of art and technology”. Richard manifested this grouping by designing pigments for ceramic glazes and also inks for screen printed electronic applications. Richard J S Young’s artistic process indicates an artist who reflects the currents and motions of the outside world. His influences are diverse, extending to music, the figure, the sea and the desert. Current influences are drawn from the abstract expressionist works of Richard Diebenkorn, but greatly from Scottish artist Barbara Rae, whose ‘intense colour bursts that evoke dramatic landscapes but remain resolutely abstract’ [RA Magazine, 2014], much in the same character of Young’s works exhibited in this collection.