The Seasons of Childhood
4 May 2022 - 22 May 2022
This exhibition reflects on the artist’s childhood from the perspective of now being a parent. She grew up as the youngest of four children spending her time seasonally relocating between her family’s restaurants and hotels. She attended Jindabyne Public School in winter, Bowral Primary in spring and Double Bay Public School over the summertime. Each community was unique in personality, character and landscape, from the nuances in architecture to the rituals of eating. In this project Young looks back to explore those differences and look forward, through the eyes of her own children as she revisits the landscapes, characters and folklore of her childhood seasons.
Zoe Young (b.1978) works between still life, portraiture and abstraction to capture her delight in life’s fleeting moments, turning them into something intimate, revelatory and long-lasting. The distillation of experiences and sensations is at the heart of Young’s practice. Originally trained in sculpture, her boldly feminine works are underpinned by a solid foundation of modernist theory and considered technical approaches to colour, composition and mark making.
Zoe Young trained at the National Art School in Sydney under Ron Robertson-Swann, an apprentice of Henry Moore. Between studies, Prior to moving to The Southern Highlands with her husband and two children, Young travelled extensively, living and painting in Amsterdam, Bangkok and San Francisco, bringing an inter-continental aesthetic to Young’s art and life.
Young is a rising talent, being nationally recognised, having been awarded, The Portia Geach Women’s Art Prize (judged by AGNSW trustee's, The Mosman Art Prize Margaret Olley Award (Judged by Artist Cressida Campbell), The Calleen Art Prize (Judged by Director of National Art School Steven Alderton). She has been shortlisted for The AGNSW 'Archibald Prize' (2014, 2016), The National Portrait Gallery’s 'Darling Art Prize’ 2020, The AGNSW 'Sulman Prize’ 2019.
Internationally, Young was shortlisted for “The Sovereign Art Prize” in Hong Kong in 2020 and The Australian Consulate hosted a dinner to celebrate her debut show in Los Angeles ‘Still.Life’ curated by Margot Ross at Gruin Gallery in 2021.