Fascinated by the simple beauty of the everyday, Zoe Young 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. The 2018 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award, two time finalist in both the Archibald Prize (2016, 2014) and the Calleen Art Prize (2018, 2017), she has also been named amongst the finalists of the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2017), the Mosman Art Prize (2017), Salon des Refusés, S. H. Ervin Gallery (2017), Cooks Gallery Emerging Art Prize, Newcastle (2015), and the Wingcarribee Art Prize, Southern Highlands (2015). In 2014, Young was Highly Commended in the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, as well as Yen Magazine’s annual Female Artist of the Year. In 2013 she won the Snowy Mountains Art Prize and was Highly Commended in the John Briscoe Memorial Art Award at Raglan Gallery in Cooma.