Alan Young

Queenie, 2014

acrylic & oilstick on canvas

92 x 184

From the artist

I am driven to paint by what I observe and experience in my everyday life. I have always explored the relationship between people and how that intersects with notions around mapping. In December 2013 I visited Queenstown for the first time. This is my response to that visit and my experience in that particular environment. I felt welcomed there because as I walked up the street workers in high visibility vests smiled and said " Hi". In shops locals couldn’t have been friendlier. The gravel footy oval and the denuded mountain behind the town add tough edge. Looking down from the Spion Kop Lookout and travelling around, the unique mosaic of contrasting landscape s that reflect competing interests left me with a very particular sense of place.

Artist background

Lives and works in Hobart. Exhibiting since 2000s including solo shows in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne. Winner of Bay of Fires Art Prize, Tasmania 2012; & Burnie Art Prize Anesthetics Award 2007. Finalist in Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney 2013; Hobart Art Prize 2013; Redlnd Art Award, Queensland 2012; Mussellbrook Art Prize, NSW 2011 amongst others. Work held in collections of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery and MONA.

Represented by Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney