The works of Stephen Scott Young are like comfort food; they convey a sense of serenity and longing to stay in the moment that he captures in each work of art.
In a recent New York Times essay, Dr. Mikkael A. Sekeres, Director of the Leukemia Program at the Cleveland Clinic, fondly recalled the way his journalist father would take Sekeres and his brother to art festivals and artist’s studios to search for a painting that he loved to add to his collection. He said that his father bought a new painting every few years with, “great deliberateness.”
“Art moved him,” Dr. Sekeres wrote, “evoking emotions or even childhood memories, as with a piece by Stephen Scott Young that he particularly adored, of two Bahamian boys playing marbles like he used to, their focus on the circle of play steely.”
The Skillfulness of Stephen Scott Young
Stephen Scott Young is best known for his watercolors, which gained him public attention in 1985, when he won first prize the American Artist’s national art competition in watercolor.
The small, ordinary moments in the daily lives of his subjects, that Young captures so well in each of his paintings, are moments that we can relate to, and remember with longing, in the same way that Dr. Sekeres’ father did.
Young’s subjects are the people and places in Florida, the Bahamas and coastal South Carolina, but their expressions, postures and actions are universal.
Young does a series of preparatory studies before completing a single work. Though best known for his watercolors, Young is also creates etchings, works in silverpoint and is a trained printmaker.
The work of Stephen Scott Young can be found in prominent private collections and museums throughout the United States and around the world, including the Presidential collection, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Asian Museum of Watercolor Art, in Haikou, Hainan Province, China, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Brandywine River Museum.
Stephen Scott Young at the Surovek Gallery
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