Linen tea - towel by Zoe Young.
Zoe Young (b.1978) is a rising talent within the Sydney art scene. She is currently based in Bowral, Southern Highlands, NSW with her husband and two young children. Young’s paintings are marked by her eclectic use of colour and sharp eye for unique landscape and still-life compositions.
Despite having graduated from the National Art School, Zoe Young is self-taught in the areas of illustrating, photography, sewing and her passion – painting. Through her use of pastel tones and dramatic shadow, her still life compositions reflect an emotive response to her environment. Zoe adapts her eccentric colour palate to evoke the characteristics of her subject matter – as displayed in her wonderful Archibald Finalist Portrait (2014) of Torah Bright.
Zoe Young is a seasoned finalist in the Archibald Portraiture Prize, selected in 2014 with her portrait of Olympic Snowboarder Torah Bright and again in 2016 with her portrait of Indigenous Australian model Sam Harris. Within her portraiture and still life works, Zoe has truly excelled and established herself as one of the forefront painters within a new generation of Australian artists. As one of Australia’s rising talents, Zoe received the 2013 John Briscoe Memorial Prize judged by Lucy Culliton and runner up of the 2014 Yen Young Female Artist of the Year Award with her portrait of Winter Olympian Frank Prihoda.
In one of Zoe Young’s landmark exhibitions, ‘Home’ (2015) at The Art Society, Southern Highlands Zoe’s body of work reflected her childhood of seasonal changes – Bowral in spring, Thredbo in winter and summer in Sydney. In the last stages of pregnancy at the time of this exhibition, Young’s art making methods had “turned her eye to the more natural and slower things in life.” Most recently, Zoe has been exploring landscape and still-life inspired by her surroundings in the Southern Highlands