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KENNETH VICTOR YOUNG: BEYOND

 

Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017) is renowned for experimenting with color, space and soft-edged organic forms in acrylics on unprimed canvas and on paper. Young developed a cosmic abstract style making formal innovations to express phenomena beyond the confines of matter and physical being.

Young transcended corporeal confines in his artwork, yet his career was constrained by ideological categories. Despite his close friendship with former Louisville classmate, Sam Gilliam, Young, a scientist by training, found himself to be a Washington Color School outsider. As a Black abstractionist during the 1960s and 1970s, Young was also at odds with a critical establishment that expected Black artists to employ figural imagery and engage in civil rights politics.

Young, who considered himself an artist first and foremost, imbued his work with authenticity by expressing his personal experiences and emotional responses in Color Painting. Today his legacy continues to expand boundaries for Black artists.

Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017) was a Color Field painter. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Young moved to Washington, DC in 1964 where he associated with Howard Mehring, Thomas Downing, Alma Thomas and Sam Gilliam. In 1973 Young was recognized as a prominent Washington Color painter with a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Young’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including: Contemporary Black American Artists, Arts and Industry Building, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1969); Black Artists / South, Huntsville

Untitled, 1971

Kenneth Victor Young

Untitled, 1971

acrylic on canvas

79h x 75w in

KY029

Untitled, 1970

Kenneth Victor Young

Untitled, 1970

watercolor on paper

29.75h x 22.25w in

KY028

Untitled, 1970

Kenneth Victor Young

Untitled, 1970

watercolor on paper

29.75h x 22.25w in

KY027

Untitled, 1979

Kenneth Victor Young

Untitled, 1979

aerosol acrylic on paper

22 x 30 inches

Framed: 29 x 37 inches

KY017

Untitled, 1979

Kenneth Victor Young

Untitled, 1979

acrylic on paper

22 x 30 inches

Framed: 28 x 36 inches

KY003

Untitled, 1979

Kenneth Victor Young

Untitled, 1979

acrylic on paper

22 x 30 inches

Framed: 28 x 36 inches

KY001