Chris Young was introduced to The Greenwich Workshop
by veteran Greenwich artist James C. Christensen who elegantly
describes the striking uniqueness of Youngs art this way:
Chris art allows us to see the ordinary in an extraordinary
way. His ultra-realistic paintings are actually
abstractions created with an exquisite combination of light,
detail and color which compel the viewer to look at the artists
paintings again and again to consider the beauty of simple objects.
Youngs 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 Youngs studio reveals a treasure trove of
natural objects including birds 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 natures grand
design. As we take time to carefully look at seemingly ordinary
natural objects, an incredible beauty and harmony is revealed.
Born in 1963, Young developed a love for drawing at an early
age with the motivation of his father. At age 19, he interrupted
his engineering studies at Brigham Young University to serve
as a missionary in Tokyo, Japan. While living there he was
highly influenced by Zen art and design. Soon after returning
to Utah, he decided to change his major to fine art. Another
trip abroadthis time to the great art museums of Europehad
a powerful influence where he became enamored with the early
Spanish and Dutch still-life painters.
Today, Chris works in his Orem, Utah studio where he enjoys
the support of his wife and four active children. His paintings
are sold through leading galleries in the West.