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Richard Young

Biography:
I am a self-taught, full time professional Artist, born in Yorkshire, in 1961, and now based in Wokingham, Berkshire, UK where I have my office and studio.
Though I have always had a flair for art, I graduated in engineering in 1983 and with a passion to travel, I initially pursued a career as an engineering and design consultant, holding various managerial roles with international design consulting companies, residing primarily in the Middle East. Nevertheless, an artisan at heart, I returned to Commercial Art in 2003, initially as a semi-professional artist.
My engineering and project management background has certainly helped me in the technical, administrative and organisational aspects of my art practice and there is also a noticeable influence in my composition and creativity.

Artist’s Statement:
I have extensively developed my own personal style and technique throughout my career and I create all oil paintings entirely using a knife, often in a limited colour palette and mixing only on the canvas.
I define my artwork style as being contemporary realism and the technique I employ is a form of segmented alla prima, completed in three wet on wet layers during each painting session: The dark shadows and undertones, the mid tones and then the highlights and light glaze effects. For compositions having a high chiaroscuro effect, I complete the underpainting layer in a lean black paint allowing the sweeping knife application textures to remain and effect the main subject in the second layer which transition into the deep shadows in a drybrush technique by scraping back.
My figurative compositions are influenced and inspired by the realism and romanticism of my favourite post renaissance classical Masters and their timeless, romantic masterpieces. William Bouguereau in particular. They predominantly entail high contrast, dramatic lighting and shading, as I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. With the subjects, I aim to capture a carefully composed aloof anonymity in a moody atmosphere with the drama, passion and emotion in a frozen realism, rather than characteristic individual representation of a traditional portrait.

Awards:
1. 2019 August: My painting Secret Rehearsal was a finalist in the Art In The City Open Competition and the original was featured in the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral.
2. 2019 May: My painting Mystique was a finalist in the Visual Art Open competition and the original was exhibited in November 2019 at the Chester Arts Fair. It was one of 6 out of over 1,000 fine art entries.
3. 2018 November: I was given an Excellence Award (Top 50 artists out of 607) in Artavita's 29th online art contest with Freedom, Mystique, Private Dancer and Composure.
4. 2018 June: I was given an Excellence Award (Top 50 artists out of 604) in Artavita's 27th online art contest with Individuality, With Deftness, Demure Ballerina and Serene Tranquillity.
5. 2018 May: My painting Serene Tranquillity and I, were finalists in the Fine Art Trade Guild's 2018 Art and Framing Awards in the Most Popular Published Artist category.
6. 2016 June: My painting Refined Grace was a finalist in the 'The Artist Category 2016 Open Art Competition', was amongst 70 selected entries by professional artists from the UK and Worldwide and exhibited at Patchings Art Centre
7. 2016 May: My painting Musing Dancer and I, were finalists in the Fine Art Trade Guild's 2016 Art and Framing Awards in the Best-Selling Published Artist category.
8. 2014 May: My painting Solitaire and I, were finalists in the Fine Art Trade Guild's 2014 Art and Framing Awards in the Best-Selling Published Artist category.
9. 2013 August: In Red Bubble's 23rd juried invitational Solo Exhibition, Solitaire was judged as '1st Place in Traditional Art' and given a special recognition 'Solo Exhibition' award, given an 'Excellence Award' in the Traditional Painting category and awarded 'Best in Show' overall! Another pretty clean sweep...
10. 2012 September: In Red Bubble's 19th juried invitational Solo Exhibition, Refined Grace was given a special merit 'Excellence Award' in the 'Figurative Painting' category.
11. 2011 November: Poise in Silhouette was a finalist in the Aesthetica Magazine Creative Works Competition out of 3,000 entries and was featured in the Creative Works Annual 2012.
12. 2011 November: The Passion of Dance was awarded 4th place in the Artavita competition out of 1,200 entries, for which my artwork was featured in the Important World Artists book.
13. 2011 June: My quaint little home-made website was a finalist in the Fine Art Trade Guild's Art and Framing Awards in the Art Business Website category.
14. 2010 December: Leap into the Unknown was a finalist in the Aesthetica Magazine Creative Works Competition and is therefore featured in the Creative Works Annual 2011.
15. 2010 October: In Red Bubble's 8th juried invitational Solo Exhibition, The Passion of Dance was judged as '1st Place in Traditional Art' and given a special merit 'Inspirational' award in the Traditional category, given another special merit 'Excellence' award in the 'Oil Painting' category and awarded 'Best in Show' overall! A pretty clean sweep...
16. 2008 November: Un Momento Intenso was given a special merit award in the Canon / Art Business Today ‘Print to Win’ competition.
17. 2008 April: I was voted as 'Best Traditional Artist' by other forum members on the Deviant Art website. Here's the interview they did with me afterwards.

Publications:
1. 2020 March: In March 2020, Adam Bykowski of Redbubble published an excellent feature on my artwork, critiquing several paintings.
2. 2019 May: Rosensteils of Chelsea, London published several of my beautiful dancer oil paintings as a part of their stunning new 888 Collection of Ltd Edition Prints. These prints are available only via Rosensteils and to the trade only.
3. 2019 May: Art Reveal magazine interviewed and featured me for issue #46 of their online magazine. See pages 100 to 105:
4. 2019 January: Superior Magazine very kindly interviewed me for issue #66 of their online magazine. See pages 16 (index) and 100 to 105.
5. 2019 January: Berkshire Life magazine interviewed me for a feature related to their monthly theme of confidence.
6. 2017 March: Art and Museums featured myself and my painting The Passion of Dance.
7. 2012 March: Skillism featured myself and my painting Refined Grace on page 24 of their Art Showcase book.
8. 2010 December: Aesthetica featured myself and my painting 'Leap into the Unknown' in their Creative Works Annual 2011 as a finalist in their Creative Works Competition.
9. 2009 July: Israel's "hDL" – Home Design and life style Magazine published a feature on myself and my Flamenco and Tango artwork.
10. 2008 November: International Art Treasures conducted an interview in relation to my solo art exhibition.
11. 2008 February: German Anda flamenco dance magazine ran a feature publication about myself