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.


Emily Young was born in London, into a family of writers, artists and politicians. Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, a colleague of Auguste Rodin and widow of the explorer Captain Scott of the Antarctic.

As a young woman, Emily Young worked primarily as a painter, whilst studying at Chelsea School of Art in 1968 and subsequently Central Saint Martins. She travelled widely in the late 60s and 70s, spending time in the USA, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, France and Italy, with additional later visits to Africa, South America, the Middle East and China. It was during these travels, whilst encountering an extensive range of cultures, that she developed her broad view of art.

In the early 1980s Emily Young abandoned painting, and started carving exclusively, sourcing stone from all around the world. The primary objective of her sculpture is to bring the natural beauty and energy of stone to the fore. Consequently, her sculptures have unique characters due to each individual stone’s geological history and geographical source, but they are bound as kin by their earthly origins.

Her approach allows the viewer to comprehend a deep grounding across time, land and cultures. Her practice methods underscore her deep preoccupation with our troubled relationship with the planet, in her combination of traditional carving skills with the use of technology when required, to produce work that is both contemporary and ancient, and has a unique, serious and poetic presence.

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


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015
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 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
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
Anglo American, London
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Artemis, London
The Imperial War Museum, London
La Defense, Paris
National Bank of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
St Paul’s Churchyard, 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