William Young


William Young
WILLIAM YOUNG William Young paints full-time at his studio in the Piney Woods of East Texas, in Palestine. His formal art training included drawing and printmaking courses at the University of Dallas, East Texas State University and Steven F. Austin State University. Young also studied painting with Ancel Nunn and helped in the printing of several of Nunn’s stone-pulled lithographs. Young’s paintings, etchings and drawings all have a surreal undercurrent, derived from a combination of experience painting under Nunn’s tutelage and his personal inclination for the enigmatic and often strange folklore of Texas. A variety of his works are created as a visual homage to these Lone Star folk stories, while other works are created purely from lyrics of songs that inspire him. Young’s first art show was as the Temple Emanu-el Art Festival in 1976 where his etching the Last Letter was judged best-in-show by a panel of judges that included Harry Parker, then Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Since then, Young has pursued both a fine art and commercial art career. His paintings, etchings and drawings are included in many private collections. Selected Biographical and Career Highlights • 1952, born in Abilene, Texas • University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas • East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas • Steven F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas • 2009, Dallas Nine Award, Dallas, Texas • 2009, Featured artist, Article D Magazine, Dallas, Texas • 2010 and 2013, finalist, Hunting Art Prize Competition • Resides in Palestine, Texas Selected Exhibitions • 2005, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas • 2005, Museum for East Texas Culture, Palestine, Texas • 2006, Trinity River Arts Center, Dallas, Texas • 2007, Texas Five, Museum for East Texas Culture, Palestine, Texas • 2007, Then and Now, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas • 2009, Etchings and Dreamscapes, Longview Museum of Fine Art, Longview, Texas • 2010, Invitational Western Art Show and Sale, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas • 2010, Finalist – Five Parrots Perform King Lear, Hunting Art Prize, Houston, Texas • 2010-2014, annual exhibition, The Texas Aesthetic, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas • 2013, Hunting Art Prize, Gulf States Toyota Friedkin Corporate Campus, Houston, Texas • 2013, A Tribute to Texas Rivers, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas • 2013, Hill Country Love Affair, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas • 2013, Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library, Midland, Texas • 2014, Painting the Texas Tradition, the Turner House, Dallas, Texas Selected Public Collections • Bobbie and John L. Nau Collection of Texas Art