Brian Crawford Young

Brian Crawford Young

Forres, Moray, Scotland. Note: Scotland is not a region. , United Kingdom

About Brian Crawford Young

Brian Crawford Young is an expressive painter whose work is influenced by both the colourist and abstract traditions in Scotland.

In 2008 he was in the first group to graduate with honours from Moray School of Art (UHI). In 2013 he received the Ruth Kazman Scholarship to be artist-in-residence at the Vytlacil Campus of the Art Students’ League of New York, and has twice exhibited there.

His paintings are sometimes energetic and sometimes meditative. He describes himself as a ‘perceptualist’ who believes that how paintings look is more important than what they represent, and believes the object (the painting) to be more intrinsically interesting than the subject.

“The American artists Richard Diebenkorn, Milton Avery, Ellsworth Kelly and Sean Scully have shown me that it is possible (and desirable) to achieve a kind of complex simplicity. This oxymoron is something I explore in most of my work: the constant battle between significant form, decoration, simplicity and meaning.”

Education

2004 – 2008
BA Fine Art (Hons). Moray School of Art, UHI.
I was in the first group of graduates for the inaugural year of the honours degree course.

2001-2004
Private tuition with A.S. Campbell D.A. (Duncan of Jordanstone)

1996-2000
Official Photographer, Findhorn Foundation, Visuals Department, Moray.
General commercial, portraiture and advertising photography.

1988-1996
Freelance Film and Video Editor, Assistant Producer, Location Manager.

1982-1988
Supervising Film Editor, Grampian Television, Aberdeen.

1974-1982
Film Editor, Grampian Television plc, Aberdeen. News, Documentaries, L.E.

1972-1974
Assistant Film Editor, Scottish Television plc. Apprentice in the Film Department which worked with John Grierson in making “This Wonderful World”. Used his edit bench!

1970-1972
Glasgow College of Printing, School of Photography. College Diploma (Merit) C.G.L.I.
This was the only serious photography course available in Glasgow at the time.

Events

Awards
Ruth Katzman Scholarship, for 4 week residency in New York, 2013.

Collections
Various private collectors in Scotland, England, USA, Canada and Australia.

Exhibitions

2014 Solo Show ‘Peripheral Vision’ at The Bakehouse, Findhorn.

2013
September: Artist-in-Residence, Art Students’ League of New York.
February/March: Nairn Arts Society workshop leader ‘Painting Expressively”
Moray Art Centre “Painting from the Inside Out”.

2012
October: One-day Masterclass “Painting From the Inside Out” with Nairn Arts Society.
September: Solo Show “From the Inside Out” at Moray Art Centre, Findhorn
Joined Side Door Studio, Forres
July: Solo show “Making Waves”. Elgin Library Gallery.
Teaching workshop “Making Waves”, May, Moray Art Centre.

2011
December: Bridgeview Gallery, Aberdeen, Winter Exhibition.
Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen, Winter Show.
Aberdeen Artists’ Society Winter Show.

March: Debut solo show ‘New York Blue’, Aberdeen, Scotland, with Limousine Bull Artists' Collective.

2010
November:
Strathpeffer Pavilion Exhibition.
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, A96 group exhibition. I have organised two exhibitions a year at this venue, having curated the first.
October:
Artist-in-Residence, Art Students' League of New York. A one month residency with New York's oldest Art School.

2009
December, Strathpeffer Pavilion Fundraising Exhibition.
September, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, A96 group exhibition.
June -July, Moray School of Art, Past Graduates’ Exhibition.
May, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, A96 group exhibition.

April-May, Aberdeen Artists’ Society annual exhibition, City Art Gallery.

2008
December, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, A96 group Curator and
exhibitor at the first exhibition in the newly renovated arts complex.
December, Group show, Cromarty Arts Fair.
June, Honours Degree Show, Moray School of Art.
May, Society of Scottish Artists annual Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh.


2007
April, “Art á Porter”, Elgin. St. Giles shopping centre: Group show with A96 Artists’ Collective.
March, HealthWorks Complementary Health Centre, Forres: Solo exhibition in the foyer and waiting areas.
February, Elgin Library Exhibition Space: Inaugural group show with members of A96 Artists’ Collective.
2006
Northern College, Dornoch: two-person exhibition with Louise Dunn, during the UHI Annual Lecture.
Moray College, Elgin: Fundraising exhibition for students on BA Fine Art Degree.
The Nicholson Building, Forres: “Introspections” Shared show with Georgina Porteous.