Born: Melbourne, Australia in 1985
Katie Young has been selling work since 2005. Her works are in many private collections and galleries in Australia and Internationally.
2003 - Diploma of Visual Arts Chisholm Institute of TAFE Melbourne
2002- 2013 Private Classes in Portraiture, Life Drawing, Botanical Drawing, and Watercolour.
2014 - 'Maternus' , fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne. (Curated & Exhibited)
2014 - 'Venus Rising, Tago Mago, Melbourne
2013 - Various Works, Louey & Lane, Melbourne
2013 - 30 04 29. Rtist Gallery, Melbourne
2013 - Venus Rising,Willow Bar, Melbourne
2013 - Magnam Linea, Sirens & Heroes. Dome Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - Dirty Laundry. The Tate Gallery, Sydney
2012 - For The Love Of Art. Sketch & Tulip, Melbourne
2010- Sticks & Stones, Skin & Bones. Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2010 - Women, TAP Gallery, Sydney
2009 - Behind Closed Doors, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2009 - Picture This, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2008 -Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2008 -Various Works, Tusk Gallery, Melbourne
2008 - Art Melbourne, Tusk Gallery, Melbourne
2008-Works on Paper, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2008 - Picture This, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2007 -The Foot square show, Ciricus gallery, Melbourne
2006 -The Foot square show. Circus gallery, Melbourne
Projects & Publications
2013 - Visual Pursuits
This series of oil and watercolour paintings are largely based on the artist’s friends and contemporaries, and in the tradition of portraiture they bear a strong physical likeness to their subjects. Yet through the introduction of symbols and designs that traverse the Sirens’ skin and often emanate into the inky blackness beyond, the works become emblematic of a reality beyond the immediate and tangible. A pervasive sense of fantasy exists, as Young’s fey subjects seem to inhabit a twilight universe between worlds. Vivid colour defines facial features and flesh is painted with a luminous translucency, yet the models also appear very much of the here and now, and reflect the creative sub-culture of body adornment and tattooing as a means of self-expression.
The motifs that frequently appear in Young’s imagery are drawn from sources as diverse as mysticism, nature, mythology, astrology, and pop-culture. In branding them upon the bodies of her Sirens, Young draws our attention to the unseen and inexplicable side of human experience that occult practices have long explored. In doing so she elevates her subjects to an archetypal realm where ordinary people take on mythic proportions.
While still in the early stages of developing her visual language and skills in rendering anatomical detail, these works provide an exciting glimpse at the practice of an artist with huge promise, and her own distinct vision.
© Marguerite Brown 2013 http://visualpursuits.org/2013/03/18/katie-young-sirens/
2014 - Mamamia Feature Artist Article/interview
2013 - Stupid Krap Red Book
2013 - Semi Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2013 - Lego Cats & Paper Planes Book
2013 - Trouble Magazine
2013 - Catapult Art Magazine
2004 - City of Greater Dandenong Skate Park Mural, City of Greater Dandenong Council
2005- Springvale Train Line Mural, City of Greater Dandenong Council
Interview with Ben Frost from Stupid Krap 2013
There are a lot of metaphoric symbols and elements within your portraits - how do you choose these elements to best describe each subject?
I start out by asking my subject a series of questions to try and portray their spirit in a visual manner. Questions that people don't generally ask, like reoccurring dreams, which animals you have an affinity with ect. In western culture, symbolism isn't considered that important, but its everywhere, and I think asking these questions of my subjects unveils a natural side of their spirit/persona that is perhaps not shown to people on a daily basis. Im also interested in mythology, especially greek, how the deities had very mortal characteristics. I like to blend aspects of mythology and the esoteric, portraying normal everyday people in a divine sense, playing on the idea of identity and mortality.
How long do your paintings take and what is your process?
Generally my oil paintings can take anywhere up to a month, the watercolours usually are a lot quicker. Once I have the initial sketch nutted out, the painting is usually completed in one or two nights. My process is quite methodical in the beginning. I start with my subject, by asking them a series of questions.Once I have the concept in place, and have chosen the imagery and symbolism, I then work out the composition. After that the rest is a fairly intuitive process, bending and changing as the painting evolves, the rest happens organically.
How does your photographic work inform your painting?
Almost always I work from my own photographic reference material. Using many different images I create my own juxtaposed composition, and then get sketching. I also dabble in photography, but mainly its just part of the process for my painting.
If you could meet with anyone - from either the past or present to paint their portrait - who would that be and why?
Im mainly interested in painting people that I know, friends of friends, or people whom I meet that have something that attracts me, whether that be to do with their appearance, or their character is hard to say. Its always different with each person, and i guess it comes down to wanting to portray that person in the light that you see them, but also in a manner that reflects their own individuality and spirit.
Tell us about your studio/working environment.
I work out of my home, but am currently building a new studio at the moment. My workspace is fairly small, with a huge desk, a couple of easels, piano, and a big bookshelf with a tonne of art books to keep me inspired. I always have music playing, and my son is usually drawing next to me while I work.
Who are some of your creative influences?
Im very much inspired by nature, so constantly being surround by that is important to me, exploring abandoned buildings and farms provides endless inspiration. My friends are all fairly creative, talking about their creative projects and about ideas and seeing what they bring to life is a huge influence. Also art history, and artists like Marlene Dumas, Egon Schiele , Francesca Woodman, John William Waterhouse are my influences, Along with many contemporary painters such a Winston Chmielinski, Lou Ros and Peter Doig.
What is your art collection like?
Its pretty eclectic, and forever growing. From fine art, to illustration, to street art and surrealism. I mostly like having my friends work around me, and other artists that I know.
What's next for Katie Young?
While Im currently working on my newest series, Im also curating an exhibiting for 2014 with a few other female artists who are also mothers. Juggling my two biggest loves, art and my son isn't easy. Switching between the role of artist and mother has been a huge learning curve for me, but what I've learned is they are both tightly connected. Im pretty excited for this show with other talented female artists to break down the misconception that artist mothers are not just hobbyists, but are serious and passionate about their art careers.
~ Interview by Ben Frost
Copyright © Katie Young 2015