Ken Young, a self-taught artist, 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.
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. At first his aim was to come as close as possible to accurately rendering the subjects he painted. But now he favors trying to convey how the things he paints make him feel while still holding to a detailed rendering, a sort of photo-impressionism.
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 Artist’s Market Place, OCCS café gallery and Rider’s Mills annual art exhibit in Old Chatham NY as well as Arts Walk in Hudson. He is also a member of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT as well as the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT. Recently he has become fascinated with city life, in particular, capturing people going about their daily routine. The drizzly reflection of colors on wet pavement has become a feature of his urban landscapes.