Zoe Young Explores The Complex Reality Of Human Life With “Still. Life.”

Text and imagery of work from Zoe Young via Gruin Gallery.

This October, Gruin Gallery will present Zoe Young’s first solo exhibition in LA in collaboration with domicile (n.) The exhibition, open October 15 – November 15, features large-scale acrylic paintings that depict imaginary dinner party scenes in Hollywood that the artist created while in lockdown in Australia.

Still. Life. is Zoe Young’s sophisticated imagining of the complex reality of human life – what it is, and what it may or may not be again. One of Australia’s leading contemporary painters, Young has always infused her work with evolving dialogues around contemporary culture, art history and the world of nature.

Moments of joy are set to an underlying fantasy of moods, tastes and experiences that exist in an alternate universe. That Young cannot fly to Los Angeles for this ground-breaking exhibition, only serves to highlight the reality of this fundamental fantasy.

Young captures these ethereal moments in a distinctive and declarative style. She executes her paintings with a practiced and knowing economy of the palette which stands in contrast with the opulent subject matter. Her education in sculpture is reflected in the way that her line creates architectural elements and space.

Young currently works from her studio in the Highlands on the east coast of Australia. In the past, she has established studios and exhibited in Europe and Asia, bringing a depth of color and character she weaves through her paintings. A graduate of The National Art School and Artist in Residence of The Sturt School of Craft and most recently shortlisted for the Sovereign Art Prize in Hong Kong. Young is a rising talent, having won the Portia Geach Women’s Art Prize (2018), the Calleen Art Prize (2020), and the NSW Women’s Leadership Rural Scholarship (2021). Her work was featured in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (2018), The Sulman Prize (2019) and the Archibald Prize Exhibition (2013, 2017).

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