David Young started painting in oils during his late ‘teens and has gone on to become
one of the West Countries most notable landscape and environmental artists.
His upbringing was in a rural Devon hamlet that forged his outlet and subsequent
expression in art and the environment. The freedom for a young boy to roam the woods
and fields, befriending and learning from the last of the old country people, gave
him an enduring love of the land and it’s soil, seasons, traditions and wildlife.
Profileof Dartmoor artist David William Young
His work includes all aspects of his rural domain including Dartmoor which he has
travelled extensively for over twenty years on his horse Thomas. He does not paint
many works in a year. Each painting takes months and is agonised over. Critical to
each is the light, texture and atmosphere.
He has declined commissions for some years so he can devote himself to paintings
that concern the Anthropocene. He continues to live and paint in the hamlet, his
studio surrounded by his vegetables, compost heaps and abundant wildlife which are
continual satisfying distractions.
Hope Springs eternal. Early sowings & apple cordons in bloom.
The paintings on this page by David Young reflect the life, death, beauty, brutality,
exterminations, ignorance and conflicts of this new epoch that we as a species have
With no power to stop this juggernaut all he can do is use his brushes to express
his observations and sentiments in the microcosm of the little valley in which he
A microcosm of the whole world.
It’s a bit difficult sometimes putting into words what means a lot, along with all
the contradictions it often throws up. I think this song and video by the talented
group ‘Seize The Day’ does a better job than I could do in a thousand words expressing
my love and concerns for the natural world we live in.