Born in Hawaii, Stephen Scott Young spent most of his early life traveling around the United States. Eventually settling in Florida, where he attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. Young has devoted his career to depicting the southern United States and the Bahamas; in the early 1980's, Young made his first trip to the Bahamas where he discovered the crisp, bright light that has become the hallmark of his paintings today.
Young is best known for his watercolor paintings. Inspired by the work of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth, Young has done highly finished, detailed figurative subjects. Young's work is noted for his strikingly realist use of watercolor and eloquent simplicity of subject matter done in the American realist tradition. Young's copperplate etchings evidence a strident attention to detail and intricacy that suggest the influence of Rembrandt and Whistler. Though the images he creates are often nostalgic, his work deals with contemporary issues. Art historian Henry Adams wrote of Young in the late 1980s: "He is like one of those prospectors who has gone back to the tailings of an abandoned mine and where others saw only useless rocks found quantities of untapped, undiscovered gold."
Young began working in watercolor in 1976, and took first prize at the American Artists national art competition in watercolors in 1985. Each masterwork by Stephen Scott Young is preceded by numerous drawings, sketches, studies, and preparatory paintings. The spirits of these works in progress often exceeds the finished subject and, when available, are eagerly sought by collectors.
His work may currently be seen at national and international art galleries and is also on display at several major American museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. He is featured in the permanent exhibits of the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and the Greenville County Museum in South Carolina.
2014 - “Stephen Scott Young”, Wells Gallery in association with Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Kiawah Island, SC
2013 - "New Works by Stephen Scott Young," Morris and Whiteside Galleries, Hilton Head, SC
2012 - "Stephen Scott Young: I'll Be Your Witness," Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
2012 - "Freedom: The Art of Stephen Scott Young," Christie's New York in association with Adelson Galleries, New York, NY
2007 - "Stephen Scott Young, A Master Among Us" Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
2005 - "Remix: Stephen Scott Young," Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
2004 - "A View from the Bahamas," Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2004 - "Stephen Scott Young: A Portrait of Greenville," Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
1994 - "Stephen Scott Young: In the American Tradition," Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL
1993 - "Stephen Scott Young: In the American Tradition," Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
1993 - "Stephen Scott Young: In the American Tradition," Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1993 - "Stephen Scott Young: In the American Tradition," The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1989 - "Stephen Scott Young," Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
1989 - "Stephen Scott Young," Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN