Stephen Scott Young


American, b. 1957

Stephen Scott Young’s portraits and seascapes capture not only the realities of the places they portray, but evoke a sense of feeling.  His highly detailed realism calls to mind works by celebrated American realist painters such as Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer.  Young himself claims to have fallen in love with the work of sixteenth-century Italian painter Caravaggio, specifically his employment of chiaroscuro, at the precocious age of nine.  This early influence is still apparent in his oeuvre, with dramatic shifts between dark and light tones.  His final pieces are polished and precise—in fact, innumerable drawings, sketches, preparatory paintings and studies precede each final masterpiece by Young. 

Young’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.  His work can be seen at museums such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Butler Museum of American Art.  He was recently profiled in an article in Garden & Gun’s October/November 2013 issue, coinciding with last November’s Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland, in which one of his watercolors was featured.  

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