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Richard J.S. Young - 2020 Pastel, Male



A striking study of a male figure walking away from the viewer. The artist Richard J.S. Young has used expressive washes of watercolour and pastel to create this highly interesting composition. Signed and dated. On Bristol drawing paper.


In fine condition.


27.8 x 15.1cm (10.9" x 5.9")

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From a new selection of works directly from the artist's studio. Executed with expressive line and rich in texture, Richard continues to be inspired by the ballet dancer as a vehicle through which he explores the human form.

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Artist Biography

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 by 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 works of Mark Rothko.

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 “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”.

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 evoke dramatic landscapes but remain resolutely abstract' [RA Magazine, 2014], much in the same character as Young's works exhibited in this collection.

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Code pz934
Artist Richard J.S. Young
Date 2020
Dimensions 27.8 x 15.1cm
Medium Pastel
Style Impressionism
Subject Portrait
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