John Young

A survey of recent work

11 Brown Street, East Perth WA 6004
Start Date
3 April, 2008
End Date
25 May, 2008

John Young is a Hong Kong-born Australian artist. This exhibition – John Young: A survey of recent work – includes paintings from his most recent body of works entitled Naive and Sentimental Paintings.

Young’s works are visually seductive, intellectually engaging and highly evocative.

Generic landscapes and nudes – laid out within gridded panels – are juxtaposed with flower studies or objets d’art evoking various mood and sensory states. The arrangements of images exist as metaphors and similes prompting consideration of the similarities and differences between Western and East Asian characteristics and frameworks of representation.

Young is known for the employment of digital imaging in his paintings and for his engagement with mediums of mass visual reproduction. Original images are channelled through computer programs: blurred and randomness embraced in the collaging of images. Seemingly in contrast, his employment of studio assistants simultaneously resuscitates the intimate craft of oil painting.

Free Artist Talk – Friday 4 April 9.30am

Against the backdrop of this exhibition of his recent work please join the artist for a talk about his practice followed by morning tea.


Image details: The Return, Spring 2005, oil and digital print on linen, 150.5 x 207 cm

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