Stephen Young has lived and worked in Wales for the past thirty years. Born in Surrey in 1946, he studied at Guildford School or Art between 1962 and 1964, and at Chelsea School of Art from 1964 to 1968 at both degree and post graduate levels. Following a spell as Artist in Residence at Sussex University he took up a post as lecturer at Cardiff College of Art, eventually becoming head of department. He has recently retired and now paints full time. Stephen has exhibited regularly in Cardiff and in London, including The Hayward Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery. He also exhibits regularly in Spain and his work is represented in public and private collections.
Stephen has experimented widely as an artist, ranging from highly reductive abstract painting in his early years through a period of large painted sculptural construction, before arriving at his mature style. His greatest influences now come from French art, in particular the deceptive lightness and fragility of Watteau and Fragonard and the complex and subtle use of pictoral space in Poussin.
This exhibition consists of approximately 20 new paintings and drawings on the theme of ‘An Evening Out’ to coincide with the staging of the 2015 Cardiff Singer of the World.