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Richard Young - Fine Artist

Richard Young

Barnstaple, Devon - United Kingdom

 
 
 

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Richard Young

Barnstaple, Devon - United Kingdom

Richard Young - Fine Artist

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About Richard Young

I am a British national, born in Yorkshire in 1961, and now based in North Devon, UK where I have my office and studio.

Though I have always had a flair for pencil and chalk drawing, I began oil painting at the age of 12, studied hard, developed a talent and practiced in every spare moment, enjoying early regional competition success and media publicity for my work in the North of England. Fortunately, my tutors recognized my skill and encouraged me to undertake both my Ordinary and Advanced level art exams a few years earlier than my peers, which I passed with the top grades. Being financially driven at that time, in 1983 I graduated in engineering and with a passion to travel, I initially pursued a career as a design consultant with various International design consulting companies, residing primarily in the Middle East. Nevertheless, an artisan at heart, I returned to Commercial Art several years ago as a semi professional freelance artist, and have extensively developed artistry and my own personal style through exhaustive self tuition and 'burning' the midnight oil. I actively display my artwork in my website, galleries, magazine publications, shows and exhibitions and was in 2007 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.

The style of my artwork is modern, yet classical / traditional and occasionally contemporary. The composition and technique I use is influenced and inspired by the realism and romanticism of my favourite post renaissance Masters and their wonderful, timeless masterpieces. Especially Bouguereau... Predominantly figurative, the tendency of my artwork is towards carefully composed anonymity, capturing the emotions and self belief of the subject, rather than characteristic individual representation. The creation of figurative artwork not only depicts the emotions of the artist, it transforms the artist's emotions. Also, it is far easier for all of us to carefully scrutinize figurative artwork and judge its anatomical accuracy, often creating a more personal understanding of specific favourite pieces. My figurative artwork, including portraits and nudes, are sensual and sometimes tastefully erotic. My ballerinas and flamenco / belly / tango dancers are passionate, moody and emotional. My preferred lighting, shading and contrast are dramatic. I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. After all, without light, what is art? Unlike the vast majority of past and current artists, I delve extensively between the extremes of highlights and lowlights in my artwork in a chiaroscuro technique, occasionally minimalist, often leaving the viewer's mind to complete the picture and to add depth. I always strive to create an atmosphere in whatever I produce, at the highest possible quality and using a knife, brush, canvas and a very limited colour palette of oil paint or pastels, usually alla prima, mixing only on the canvas!

I personally invite all art lovers of the purest form, whether you're an established or prospective client, a corporate buyer, an individual seeking knowledge, or you're simply interested in discovering more about my exclusive artwork, to come into my world, enjoy my finest works, and find out more.

Whether you're a collector, you appreciate the creativity and value of fine art, or you're simply an admirer of skilful and talented visual arts, purchasing, owning and living with an original artistic creation is an exciting and extremely personal experience, be it a figure study, ballerina, dancer, nude, a portrait, or any other form of painting or print. It is also both satisfying and fulfilling, a way of seeing the world differently, seeing yourself differently, opening and challenging your thoughts to a different perspective and wider dimension, arousing your senses and stimulating your mind, let alone uniquely transforming an area of your home to one that you can truly be proud of. Art should be viewed, pondered, admired, exhibited, proudly displayed, carefully scrutinized, and in order to benefit to the fullest extent possible, it should be understood from the perspective of its creator - the professional artist. This is obviously not always quite as simple as it seems, though if a viewer has similar feelings to me about art, he or she will connect with my artwork and better understand me. Art is a thing of beauty, not just an investment. My website, galleries that display my artwork, and exhibitions, should hopefully be a friendly and enjoyable place to look at some of my artwork, irrespective of whether you are interested in purchasing a piece.

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Dance Intensity by Richard Young
 

Dance Intensity by Richard Young

Invitation to Dance by Richard Young
 

Invitation to Dance by Richard Young

2016 high resolution R Young Art Dance calendar by Richard Young
 

2016 high resolution R Young Art Dance calendar by Richard Young

Individuality by Richard Young
 

Individuality by Richard Young

Musing Dancer by Richard Young
 

Musing Dancer by Richard Young

Exclusivity by Richard Young
 

Exclusivity by Richard Young

2015 Fine Art Calendar by Richard Young
 

2015 Fine Art Calendar by Richard Young

Dance Away by Richard Young
 

Dance Away by Richard Young

Dance Emotion by Richard Young
 

Dance Emotion by Richard Young

Genteel Dancer by Richard Young
 

Genteel Dancer by Richard Young

Dance Alive by Richard Young
 

Dance Alive by Richard Young

2014 Fine Art Calendar by Richard Young
 

2014 Fine Art Calendar by Richard Young

Presence by Richard Young
 

Presence by Richard Young

Tranquil Cellist by Richard Young
 

Tranquil Cellist by Richard Young

Awareness by Richard Young
 

Awareness by Richard Young

Emotional Awakening by Richard Young
 

Emotional Awakening by Richard Young

Sequential Dancer by Richard Young
 

Sequential Dancer by Richard Young

Leap of Faith by Richard Young
 

Leap of Faith by Richard Young

Harmony and Light by Richard Young
 

Harmony and Light by Richard Young

Sultry Dancer by Richard Young
 

Sultry Dancer by Richard Young

With Deftness by Richard Young
 

With Deftness by Richard Young

Solitaire by Richard Young
 

Solitaire by Richard Young

Inner Peace by Richard Young
 

Inner Peace by Richard Young

Refined Grace by Richard Young
 

Refined Grace by Richard Young

Graceful Enlightenment by Richard Young
 

Graceful Enlightenment by Richard Young

Reaching for Perfect Grace by Richard Young
 

Reaching for Perfect Grace by Richard Young

With Strength and Grace by Richard Young
 

With Strength and Grace by Richard Young

Halcyon Ballerina by Richard Young
 

Halcyon Ballerina by Richard Young

Devotion to Dance by Richard Young
 

Devotion to Dance by Richard Young

Flamenco Performance by Richard Young
 

Flamenco Performance by Richard Young

Intense Ballerina by Richard Young
 

Intense Ballerina by Richard Young

Deep Consideration by Richard Young
 

Deep Consideration by Richard Young

Temperate Sax by Richard Young
 

Temperate Sax by Richard Young

Sensational Sax by Richard Young
 

Sensational Sax by Richard Young

Sax Player by Richard Young
 

Sax Player by Richard Young

Rebel Yell 1 by Richard Young
 

Rebel Yell 1 by Richard Young

Rebel Yell by Richard Young
 

Rebel Yell by Richard Young

Eclectic Sax by Richard Young
 

Eclectic Sax by Richard Young

Contemporary Jazz Trumpeter by Richard Young
 

Contemporary Jazz Trumpeter by Richard Young

Barn Owl by Richard Young
 

Barn Owl by Richard Young

Acoustic Serenade by Richard Young
 

Acoustic Serenade by Richard Young

Sophisticate by Richard Young
 

Sophisticate by Richard Young

The Lovers by Richard Young
 

The Lovers by Richard Young

Torment by Richard Young
 

Torment by Richard Young

Craving by Richard Young
 

Craving by Richard Young

Analysis by Richard Young
 

Analysis by Richard Young

Secrets by Richard Young
 

Secrets by Richard Young

Recollections by Richard Young
 

Recollections by Richard Young

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