Andrew Young

American 1962 - Present

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Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, in 1962, Andrew Young studied biology and art history at UC Berkeley, wherein 1987 he received a B.A. and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His keen interest in science furthered his affinity for natural history, philosophy, and art, which eventually led him to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago wherein 1990 he earned an M.F.A. in painting and drawing. In 2006, he received an invitation from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Oregon State University to join an expedition to Antarctica to research the wildlife and document studies of the earthquakes and ice movement in the region. In 2011, Young curated a group show at The Art Center of Highland Park, Illinois, he titled Indexing the World: invention, abstraction, and dissonance. It was an exhibition designed to explore our intricate and elastic relationship to the landscape. Subsequently, Young wrote for and co-edited a book on Illinois fossils discovered through coal mining entitled The Mazon Creek Fossil Fauna, released in the fall of 2012. This volume is a collaboration with many scientists and portrays the diversity of one of the world’s richest paleontological sites.

He studied in Siena, Italy on a Rotary Scholarship and adopted techniques and styles of the 15th-century artists who used egg tempera on panel. The medium has a luminous quality on flat surfaces. He returned to take art training at Berkeley and then earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. He established his studio in Chicago.

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