Kenneth Young, Ghent NY Member Since December 2012 Artist Statement A self-taught artist, Ken Young has been sketching and drawing with pencil and pen and ink from a very young age. Born in Charleston South Carolina his family shortly migrated to Kingston New York then to Hudson in 1963. He progressed in skill when his mother purchased a correspondence course with Art Instruction Schools, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally he would spend hours with “paint-by-number” sets, improvising on the color mixtures and blending outside the lines in order to get a more realistic look. He was introduced to oil in high school in 1971 and became fascinated with accurately trying to render the textures, light and shadow found in nature. Since then oil has been his favorite medium. His subjects range from landscapes of every season, to human and animal portraits. Hudson High School friends remember him as the graduate who drew a self -portrait in the 1975 yearbook.
Between the years 1992-94 he was commissioned by Parker O’Malley Air Museum to do a series of 20 paintings commemorating the history of aviation from the first flight of the Wright brothers to WWII. One of these paintings “The Woolaroc” was featured in the January 2012 issue of aviation magazine “Skyways Journal”.
As a member of the Columbia County Council on the Arts he has exhibited his works in the CCCA gallery 209 Warren Street in Hudson, NY, Hudson Opera House, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce gallery, Hudson Riverfront Artist’s Market Place, Rider’s Mills annual art exhibit as well as Winter Walk and Arts Walk both in Hudson and Chatham NY. His works have sold and are in the hands of many admirers.
Currently self-employed as a house painter, he offers the unique feature of house portraits to his services. Recently he has become fascinated with city life and is often seen with his camera, which he carries everywhere, capturing people going about their daily routine.