Stephen Young was born in Godalming, Surrey in 1946. He studied at Guildford School of Art between 1962 and 1964, and at Chelsea School of Art from 1964 to 1968 at degree and postgraduate level. Following a spell as Artist in Residence at Sussex University he took up a post as lecturer at Cardiff College of Art, where he was head of department until his retirement. He lives and works in Cardiff and has exhibited regularly in Cardiff, London and Spain.
Harry Holland is a great admirer of his work and writes:
"Steve Young is an artist with a particular vision. His paintings are drawn from real events and places and transformed by a very distinct imagination. He makes a theatre in which the impedimenta of human relationships become comedies, ironies, peculiarities, played out against each other in a world almost, but not quite, like the one we think we know. The subjects are intimate and personal but, as with all good artists, these stories are told in such a way that the artificiality and the apparent eccentricity are a means of expressing the bits and pieces of all of our lives that make up the human comedy. He points to the real and shows us how strange it can seem if we look at it with a generous and loving eye."
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