Emily Young is acclaimed as 'Britain's greatest living stone sculptor' - FT, 2013.

'Her sculptures meditate on time, nature, memory, man's relationship to the the Earth' - FT.

'Young brings the human project of meaning into conjunction with geological time' - R Trew


EMILY YOUNG was born in London into a family of writers, artists, politicians and adventurers. Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, a colleague of Auguste Rodin.

As a young woman, Young worked primarily as a painter, having studied briefly at Chelsea School of Art, Central Saint Martins London, and Stonybrook University, New York. She left London in the late 60s, and spent the next years travelling through USA, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America and China. It was during these travels, whilst encountering an extensive range of cultures, that she developed her broad view of art, both its history and function.

In the early 1980s Young started carving in stone, raiding quarry yards for discarded materials from around the world.

The primary objective of her sculpture is to bring the relationship of humankind and the planet into closer conjunction, a relationship which has been occluded by millennia of fantasies about the nature of power and human autonomy. The natural beauty, history and energy of material stone, including its capacity to embody human consciousness, has the potential to extend our experiences of being human in a vast unknowable universe.

Her sculptures have unique characteristics due to each individual stone’s geological history.

Her approach allows the viewer to comprehend a commonality across deep time, geography and cultures. Her constant preoccupation is our troubled relationship with the planet, which underscores her studio practice. In her combination of traditional carving skills allied with technology where necessary, she produces work which marries the contemporary with the ancient, manifesting a unique, serious and poetic presence.

Young’s work is in important public and private collections throughout the world. She has exhibited at many prestigious museums including: The Getty, California; The Imperial War Museum, London; The Whitworth, Manchester; The Meijer Sculpture Gardens, Grand Rapids, and in 2018, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Emily Young currently divides her time between studios in London and Italy. She is represented exclusively world-wide by Bowman Sculpture.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018
Christies, London
New College, Oxford
2017
Bowman Sculpture, London
Victoria Beckham / Emily Young, Dover Street, London
St James Church, Piccadilly
2016
Bowman Sculpture, London
2015
Call & Response, The Fine Art Society, London
Call & Response, The Cloister of Madonna Dell’Orto, Venice, coinciding with the 56th Venice Biennale
Stone From the Mountain, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh
2014
Cassandra / Earth II, Berkeley Square, London
Emily Young: Four Heads, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
2013
We are Stone’s Children, The Fine Art Society, London
We are Stone’s Children, The Cloister of Madonna Dell’Orto, Venice, coinciding with the 55th Venice Biennale
2012
Lithica, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh
The Metaphysics of Stone, Berkeley Square
2011
Emily Young at Neo Bankside, South Bank, London
The Maremma Heads, The Fine Art Society, London
2010
Microcosms, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh
2009
Angels and Archangels, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
Teardrop, The Fine Art Society, London
2008
Singing Stone, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh
2007
The Fine Art Society, London
2006
The Crypt, St Pancras Church, London
2005
The Fine Art Society, London
2004
The Crypt, St Pancras Church, London
2003
Kew Gardens, Richmond, London
2002
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2001
Leighton House Museum, London
1999
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
1997
Recent Stone Carvings, The Fine Art Society, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018
Contemplative Head,The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
On the Pedestal, TDublin Castle & Castletown House, Kildare
2017
Frieze Sculpture Park, London
Rodin and the Contemporary Figuration Tradition, The Meijer Sculpture Gardens, Grand Rapids
2016
Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
2015
The Violet Crab, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
2013
Carving in Britain since 1910, The Fine Art Society, London
Messerschmidt and Modernity, The J. Paul Getty Foundation, California
2012
The British Cut, The Space, Hong Kong
2011
The Figure in the Landscape, The Garden Gallery, Wiltshire
2007
Art at the Rockface, Norwich Castle and Sheffield Millennium Galleries

Permanent Installations & Public Collections
St James Church, Piccadilly, London
University of Notre Dame, Chicago
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The David Robert’s Art Foundation, London
Artemis, London
The Imperial War Museum, London
La Defense, Paris
National Bank of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Paternoster Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
Standard Life, Edinburgh
St Pancras Church, London
Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago
Loyola University, Rome
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Neo Bankside, South Bank, London
Cloister of Madonna Dell’Orto, Venice
Anglo American, London
The Frank Cohen Collection