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Chris Young - JAPANESE APPLES -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Chris Young


Limited Edition of: 550
Image Size: 26 1/4"w x 15 7/8"h.
Published: November 1999

"During the two years I spent in Japan, I met an elderly man who gave me my first calligrahpy lesson. He couldn't really speak English and my Japanese was limited but I learned by observing anyway. Everything about the process was beautiful, beginning with the unrolling of the rice paper and the placing of little weights to hold the paper in place, to the actual flow of the brushwork forming the characters. The apples as still life were also inspired in part by my experience overseas. When I visited Japanese homes, I would admire the shrines to the ancestors that were filled with fresh fruit. The arrangement of the fruit always had an aesthetic aspect which seemed to help elevate the offering to a higher meaning."

Chris Young
Chris Young was introduced to The Greenwich Workshop by veteran Greenwich artist James C. Christensen who elegantly describes the striking uniqueness of Young’s art this way: “Chris’ art allows us to see the ordinary in an extraordinary way.” His ‘ultra-realistic’ paintings are actually abstractions created with an exquisite combination of light, detail and color which compel the viewer to look at the artist’s paintings again and again to consider the beauty of simple objects. Young’s art reveals two primary artistic influences: Zen art and design and early Spanish and Dutch still-life painters. His highly detailed, well-crafted paintings create a calm, meditative feeling based on order and simplicity. A trip to Young’s studio reveals a treasure trove of natural objects including bird’s nests, exotic shells, dried flowers and other objects which the artist arranges for drawings, watercolors and oil paintings. Young reflects about his work: “I am captivated by nature’s grand design. As we take time to carefully look at seemingly ordinary natural objects, an incredible beauty and harmony is revealed.” Born in 1963, Young developed a love for drawing at an early age with the motivation of his father. At age 19, he interrupted his engineering studies at Brigham Young University to serve as a missionary in Tokyo, Japan. While living there he was highly influenced by Zen art and design. Soon after returning to Utah, he decided to change his major to fine art. Another trip abroad—this time to the great art museums of Europe—had a powerful influence where he became enamored with the early Spanish and Dutch still-life painters. Today, Chris works in his Orem, Utah studio where he enjoys the support of his wife and four active children. His paintings are sold through leading galleries in the West.


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