b.1956, Hong Kong. Lives and works in Australia.

Since his first exhibition in 1979, Young’s work has been shown extensively in major exhibitions both in Australia and abroad, at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and major public galleries and institutions throughout the world. His investigation of Western late modernism prompted significant phases of work from a bi-cultural viewpoint, including series of paintings in the last four decades – the Silhouette Paintings, The Polychrome Paintings, the Double Ground Paintings and the Abstract Paintings. More recently, the painter/sculptor has focused his work on transcultural humanitarianism.
John Young
John Young

Born in Hong Kong in 1956, John Young moved to Australia at the age of 11 to complete his studies. In the mid seventies he read philosophy of science and aesthetics at the university of Sydney where he became interested in conceptualism and minimalism and worked collaboratively with prominent Australian artists and avant-garde musicians a generation above him.
John Young’s intellectual rigour combined with a fundamental commitment to painting, make him one of the most fascinating and respected artists in Australia today. He has held more than 50 solo exhibitions and over 150 group shows. A large survey exhibition covering 27 years of works was held at the new TarraWarra Museum of Art in Melbourne. This award-wining monograph of his works was published to coincide with the show. It includes an essay by Dr Carolyn Barnes, which encompasses the greater extent of John Young’s life’s work, providing a clear account of his evolving thought and rigorous dialectical positioning within and relative to its productive body.