b. 1972, Rotherham, UK
Hamish Young's autoethnographic work is concerned with formalising ‘in between’ spaces drawing on feelings associated with loss and abandonment from his childhood experiences. He has cultivated a schism in his art practice that manifests in crossing the boundary of sculpture and drawing, objects or materials being removed from one place and placed in another and subject matter of physical spaces that are between states. Through allusions his work triggers metaphors and personal associations, which allow the viewer to contemplate ambivalence.
Young studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1996-1998) and co-authored Fine Art Metal Casting: An Illustrated Guide to Mould Making and Lost Wax Processes (2003). He became a Royal West of England Academician in 2021 and a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2022. His work is held in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection as well as private collections in the UK and Switzerland. Young’s work has been exhibited at Royal West of England Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His work is regularly selected in prize exhibitions including the Wales Contemporary, Wells Art Contemporary, New Light Prize, ING Discerning Eye and Trinity Wharf Drawing Prize. He was the winner of the Visual Arts Open in 2019 and awarded first prize for three-dimensional work at Wales Contemporary in 2022. He has also worked collaboratively under the name Bateson & Young.