Stephen Scott Young is an artist in the American realist tradition. Exhibited nationally and internationally, Young is one of the nation’s premiere realist watercolorists and etchers. His work is currently at several major American museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Stephen Scott Young (b. 1957 Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American artist best known for his watercolor paintings and etchings that depict everyday life on the east coast of the United States and the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Often painting genre scenes of quotidian life, 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.”
He has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has work in major American museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.