Chris Young's highly detailed, impeccably crafted paintings create a calm, meditative feeling based on order and subtlety.
The artist says the following concerning the major influences on his work: "On a trip through Europe a few years ago, I became enamored with the Spanish tradition of "Bodegon" or still-life painting. Specifically, Cotan and Zurbaran impressed me with their elegantly ordered compositions and the way they painted ordinary objects in a mystical, transcendental manner. Having lived in Japan for two years, another influence on my work is the notion of "shibusa" or the beauty of simplicity. I also admire the Japanese sensitivity towards nature and the realization that beauty and harmony exists out our back door - if we look."
Young’s art reveals two primary artistic influences: Zen art and design and early Spanish and Dutch still-life painters. His highly detailed, well-crafted paintings create a calm, meditative feeling based on order and simplicity. A trip to Young’s studio reveals a treasure trove of natural objects including bird’s nests, exotic shells, dried flowers and other objects which the artist arranges for drawings, watercolors and oil paintings. Young reflects about his work: “I am captivated by nature’s grand design. As we take time to carefully look at seemingly ordinary natural objects, an incredible beauty and harmony is revealed.”
Chris Young was born January 30, 1963. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1986. He received a BFA degree in Fine Arts and was honored as Summa cum Laude. Chris Young resides in Utah with his wife and four children.