About Helen J Young
1960 in United Kingdom
Lives and Works:
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
BA First Class Honours in Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2017
BA HONS in Textile Design, Wolverhampton Poly, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, 1983
About the artist
Helen Young is a British artist who is a member of the Oxford Art Society. She works in mixed media to create bold abstract works that are thickly textured. Usually Helen begins making sketches and taking photographs and then builds up layers with oil paint mixed with a cold wax medium. These can be scratched into to reveal the colour beneath. We love the artist’s lively colours and the way she foregrounds texture. These are powerful pieces that will draw the attention of all in the room…
The artist initially went to Wolverhampton Polytechnic to study for a BA in Textile Design then later gained a First Class honours BA in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes. She has since exhibited her work at galleries and art festivals across the UK.
One of Helen’s latest works, which was inspired by a trip to the snowy Himalayas was shortlisted for the 2016 HIX Award. Also, three of her works have been selected to go on the hoardings at the new Battersea Power Station Development.in 2017.
Need to know
- Working with mixed media on board ranging from A1 to 5’ x 6’ size, the artist uses flat images such as photographs and print then adds textured ingredients including acrylic paint, polyfilla, glue, ash, and textile
- Anselm Kiefer’s choice and use of materials and the style of Eduard Anikonov’s painting have been an influence to the artist
The Insider Nat Rubinstein says:
"Young's latest abstract works are inspired by her trip to the Himalayas. She layers the paint in an almost sculptural way echoing the endless planes of the mountains. I particularly love how these paintings can work together in a polyptych or a salon-style hang."
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