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.”
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.
Private tuition with A.S. Campbell D.A. (Duncan of Jordanstone)
Official Photographer, Findhorn Foundation, Visuals Department, Moray.
General commercial, portraiture and advertising photography.
Freelance Film and Video Editor, Assistant Producer, Location Manager.
Supervising Film Editor, Grampian Television, Aberdeen.
Film Editor, Grampian Television plc, Aberdeen. News, Documentaries, L.E.
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!
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.
Ruth Katzman Scholarship, for 4 week residency in New York, 2013.
Various private collectors in Scotland, England, USA, Canada and Australia.
2014 Solo Show ‘Peripheral Vision’ at The Bakehouse, Findhorn.
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”.
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.
March: Debut solo show ‘New York Blue’, Aberdeen, Scotland, with Limousine Bull Artists' Collective.
Strathpeffer Pavilion Exhibition.
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, A96 group exhibition. I have organised two exhibitions a year at this venue, having curated the first.
Artist-in-Residence, Art Students' League of New York. A one month residency with New York's oldest Art School.
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.
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.
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.
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.