Acrylic on cotton canvas, circa 2000. 914x1168 mm; 36x48 inches.
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, private collection, New York.
This striking color field painting is a wonderful example of the later work of Kenneth Victor Young. This intriguing color field abstract painter is regaining national recognition today. Young was associated in the early 1970s with the rise of the Washington Color School and had a solo exhibition at the Franz Bader Gallery in 1968
Born in Kentucky, Young's career began in the sciences - he studied and taught physics at Indiana University and chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. In the early 1960s, Young switched his studies to a pursuit of visual art, joining a circle of artists at the University of Louisville that included G. Caliman Coxe, Sam Gilliam and Bob Thompson. After moving to Washington, DC in 1964, he worked at the Smithsonian Institution for over 35 years as an exhibition installation designer. He taught painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art until 1985, and, later, exhibition design at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington. His paintings have also been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts, and are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.