|Handline Hook by Stephen Scott Young, watercolor painting, 2010,
10 1/2 x 19 1/2.
Stephen Scott Young: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Stephen Scott Young grew up in
St. Augustine, Florida, and studied at the Ringling College of Art and Design,
in Sarasota, Florida. He developed an interest in watercolor painting, and came
to public attention when he won the first prize in watercolor in American Artist's 1985 national art competition. A contemporary painter best
known for depicting the residents, landscape, and architecture of the Bahamas,
Florida, and coastal South Carolina, Young paints primarily in watercolor.
Using a careful, deliberate working method, he executes an
extensive series of preparatory studies for each of the 20 or so finished
artworks he completes per year. Though his love of tropical subject matter
links him to Winslow Homer, Young's ability to convey character and
psychological insight in his portraits and figure works have earned him
frequent comparisons to Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Also in the
Eakins-Wyeth tradition is the meticulous finish of Young's watercolors and
drybrush works, which are built up using successive layers of pigment that give
them a depth and intensity akin to that of oil painting.
A trained printmaker, Young
also works in silverpoint, an exacting medium first developed during the
Renaissance. Young, who was born in Honolulu, lives in south Florida and spends
substantial stretches of time each year in the Bahamas, where he captures his
subjects-often the native Islanders--in the context of their daily lives. His
mature style did not emerge until 1987, on his first visit to Harbour Island in
the Bahamas, where he has produced a remarkable body of work devoted to
representing the images, the lifestyle, and the setting of the island's native
His paintings, drawings, and prints have been exhibited in
major American museums, including the Greenville County Museum of Art, in South
Carolina; the Hunter Museum of American Art, in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and the
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, in Alabama. He maintains studios in Jupiter,
Florida; on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera; and in Charleston, South
Carolina. For more information on Young, visit his webpage.
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