Garry Young

Garry Young


Born in St. Catharines Ontario in 1949, he grew up in Preston, now part of Cambridge, Ontario. For three years beginning at age 11, he took oil painting lessons under the tutelage of a local Cambridge artist, Bram Bradford. Throughout his high school years he broadened his drawing and painting skills by taking numerous night school courses and workshops.

During the early 1970's, he studied art at the University of Guelph. He was particularly attracted to the printmaking techniques offered by Professors Gene Chu and Walter Bachinski. These two artist-teachers also taught him a great deal about tonal values and composition. Presently, Garry is an art teacher at Thornhill Secondary School.

At various times he has tried his hand at printmaking, ceramics and sculpture but painting remains his passion. While he has received considerable training in oil and acrylic painting, he is virtually self-taught in watercolours. He strives to paint in a spontaneous and impressionistic manner. His goal is to create an intensity of expression through light and colour, brushwork and texture.

His first real exposure to outdoor painting was during the summer of 1981. He participated in a Mount Allison University workshop that stressed outdoor watercolours. Since then, much of his work has been on the spot landscapes. Other subjects include still life, portraits as well as old buildings and cars.

His painting trips have taken him to England, Canada's West Coast, various parts of Ontario and Quebec, and the Maritimes. These trips have been interspaced with painting workshops given by schools like Canadore College and the Haliburton School of Fine Arts and individuals such as artist Charles Couper of Bear River, Nova Scotia.

Since having a show at the Newmarket Public Library in 1982, he has had 4 highly successful displays of his work in a private home in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Garry has been involved in recent exhibitions of his watercolours at the Marguerite Gallery in Queensville, Ontario, Gallery Gabor in Toronto and the Trigg Gallery in Newmarket, Ontario. His work is also displayed at Studio 737 near Tweed, Ontario and Zwicker's Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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