Richard Young

The style of my artwork is modern, yet classical / traditional and occasionally contemporary. The composition and technique I use is influenced and inspired by the realism and romanticism of my favourite post renaissance classical Masters and their wonderful, timeless masterpieces. Especially William Bouguereau, as his artwork was full of beauty and passion…

Predominantly figurative, the tendency of my artwork is towards carefully composed anonymity, capturing the emotions and self belief of the subject, rather than characteristic individual representation. The creation of figurative artwork not only depicts the emotions of the artist, it transforms the artist’s emotions. Also, it is far easier for all of us to carefully scrutinize figurative artwork and judge its anatomical accuracy, often creating a more personal understanding of specific favourite pieces. My figurative artwork is full of passion and is occasionally sensual. My ballerinas and flamenco / belly / tango dancers are passionate, moody, atmospheric and emotional, with a frozen realism. My musicians and singers come alive in their passionate performance. My wildlife is alive and leaps from the canvas. My preferred lighting, shading and contrast are dramatic. I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. After all, without light, what is art?