Featured Artist Caroline Young

Enjoy the rich portfolio of artist Caroline Young, who uses lyrical brushwork to create art that blends culture and stories. Visit her website for more from this artist.

 

Kwan Yin

“Kwan-Yin” 30″ x 22″ Original Watercolor, Gouache, & Acrylic on Silk.  Also available as a hand embellished museum quality giclee.

 

As an adopted child of ex-pat American Chinese parents, I grew up in Hong Kong hearing stories from Chinese history and mythology.

 

Li Wa Revisited

“Li Wa Revisited” 27″ x 20″ Original Watercolor, Gouache, & Acrylic on Silk. Also available as a hand embellished museum quality giclee.

 

My parents impressed upon me the importance of knowing my cultural heritage, as well as respecting the traditions of the past.

 

Dragon's Gate

“Dragon’s Gate” 27″ x 20″ Original Watercolor, Gouache, & Acrylic on Silk. Also available as a hand embellished museum quality giclee.

 

As such, I use the millenia-old traditional technique of Chinese brush painting on silk, the gongbi (“working brush”) genre of figure painting, wherein multiple layers of light washes are laboriously applied to shade and highlight shape and form, and to build up the intensity of colors.

 

Yue Fei

“Yue Fei” 27″ x20″ Original Watercolor, Gouache, & Acrylic on Silk. Also available as a hand embellished museum quality giclee.

 

An 18 inch by 24 inch painting normally takes 4-6 weeks to complete, working 8 to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.

 

Demonstration by Caroline Young

Artist Caroline Young doing a presentation on one of her original silk paintings while describing the story behind the painting.

 

I use mostly Chinese and Japanese watercolors (some made from crushed minerals like lapis lazuli, malachite and cinnabar), some gouache and some acrylics. I work mainly on Japanese silk, but I also paint on rice paper. Symbolism plays an important role in my work.

 

Belle of Jiangdong

“Belle of Jiangdong” 22″ x 30″ Original Watercolor, Gouache, & Acrylic on Silk Also available as a hand embellished museum quality giclee.

 

Through my art, I hope to share Chinese history and mythology with others, to bridge the cultural divide between East and West. It is also my wish to help American parents with adopted Chinese children teach them about their cultural heritage and not forget from where they came.

 

Spiritual Journey

“Spiritual Journey” 18″ x 24″ Original Watercolor, Gouache, & Acrylic on Silk Also available as a hand embellished museum quality giclee.

 

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, there should be a place in our lives for simple reflection and love of a good story.

 

Comments

  1. Caroline, if you’re reading this, these are beyond gorgeous! “Belle of Jiangdong” is my favorite.

    We’d love to have you over!

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