Ken Young has been sketching and drawing with pencil and pen and ink from a very young age. Born in 1956 in Charleston South Carolina, his family shortly migrated to Kingston New York then to Hudson in 1963. He progressed in skill when his mother purchased a correspondence course with Art Instruction Schools, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally he would spend hours with “paint-by-number” sets, improvising on the color mixtures and blending outside the lines in order to get a more realistic look.
Looking Back, oil on canvas 24x30
He was introduced to oil in high school in 1971 and became fascinated with accurately trying to render the textures, light and shadow found in nature. Since then oil has been his favorite medium. His subjects range from landscapes of every season, to human and animal portraits. Hudson High School friends remember him as the graduate who drew a self-portrait in the 1975 yearbook.
Between the years 1992-94 he was commissioned by Parker O’Malley Air Museum to do a series of 20 paintings commemorating the history of aviation from the first flight of the Wright brothers to WWII. One of these paintings “The Woolaroc” was featured in the January 2012 issue of aviation magazine “Skyways Journal." "Berkshire Homestyle" also recently showcased a Ken Young painting as the cover art for the magazine.
As a member of the Columbia County Council on the Arts he has exhibited his works in the CCCA gallery 209 Warren Street in Hudson, NY, Hudson Opera House, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce gallery, Hudson Riverfront Artist’s Market Place, Rider’s Mills annual art exhibit as well as Winter Walk and Arts Walk both in Hudson and Chatham NY.
Young takes a deeply spiritual approach to his art, evident in these words from his artist's statement:
"The recognition of natural beauty and the desire to emulate it is common to all cultures, from cave artists to Impressionists. The sculptors of ancient Greece viewed the human form as the epitome of artistic excellence, and they strove to represent it as perfectly as possible. 'The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection' confessed Michelangelo.
Michelangelo’s words strike a harmonious chord that resonates deep within me. I see beauty everywhere. Even in what some might consider commonplace and ordinary. Oftentimes it is fleeting and momentary. I find great pleasure in capturing and preserving it with brushes and paint so that I can enjoy it later and draw attention to it for others to know that amidst the suffering and uncertainty there is goodness, peace and harmony. It serves as a reminder that these virtues will triumph in the end."