Brian was born in Glasgow. A diploma course at the College of Printing (School of Photography) taught him the basics of photography and film making. After a career in broadcast television as a documentary film editor, he moved to Forres, took up painting, and graduated with honours from the new Moray School of Art (UHI) in Elgin in 2008. Since then he has been painting full-time in his studio in Forres, and has exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Elgin, and New York.
Brian Crawford Young is an expressive painter whose work is influenced by both the colourist and abstract traditions in Scotland. Brian’s paintings are sometimes energetic and sometimes meditative. He describes himself as a ‘perceptualist’ who believes that how paintings look is more important than what they represent, and believes the object (the painting) to be more intrinsically interesting than the subject. In 2013 he received the Ruth Kazman Scholarship to be artist-in-residence at the Vytlacil Campus of the Art Students’ League of New York, and has twice exhibited there.
“The American artists Richard Diebenkorn, Milton Avery, Ellsworth Kelly and Sean Scully have shown me that it is possible (and desirable) to achieve a kind of complex simplicity. This oxymoron is something I explore in most of my work: the constant battle between significant form, decoration, simplicity and meaning.”