Laurence Young has spent most of his adult years as a career artist. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, but now resides in Provincetown, MA. Young’s relationship to Provincetown dates back to the early 60’s where as a young man he came for the social scene. Then in later years came back wanting to perfect his craft as an artist.
After graduating with a BFA in art education from The University of Hartford and then a Masters in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Young took off to NYC where he opened his own fabric design company. Ten years later he found himself on the streets of Provincetown with teacher Lois Griffel, learning the Plein-air style painting of the Impressionist School.
Young’s work began to flourish but not without some bumps in the road. He was a natural painter but drawing was not his strong suit and he sometimes ran into problems with his paintings due to his lack of drawing skills. With great resistance, he started to attend the open anatomy drawing sessions at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. It took some adjustment but his drawing improved and so did his painting. As Laurence became more proficient in his drawing skills he began to experiment, adding other kinds of drawing materials and sometimes even collage into the drawings. The drawings were created for the sole purpose of his own enjoyment. However, it soon became obvious that people were taking an interest.
Young said, “I am proud to say that Whit Geary of VIEW Gallery had the insight and mindfulness to want to represent my mixed media, figurative works on paper.”