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Pippa Young

United Kingdom Born in: 1966
Pippa Young is a British artist. She has a BA from Falmouth University. Pippa was shortlisted for the prestigious '100 painters of tomorrow' publication from over 4000 applicants

Pippa Young: “Contemporary experience is fragmented, truth is shadowy and reality subjective. In a world where much of our experience is received second-hand, through printed and digital imagery, I am interested in the nature of the reality we construct around ourselves.

My aim is to express something of the transience and vulnerability of the human condition as well as the surreal and fragmented nature of the world around us.

I want to distil the figures to an essentialness; an essence.

Often the figures are posed to echo art-historical characters: Mantegna’s Saint Sebastian, or one of Vermeer’s subjects. When context is removed the figures become something else, oddly familiar; occupying an empty pictorial space, free from imposed narrative; timeless and unadorned.

I aim to create a contemplative space which conveys something of the Japanese sense of ‘mono no aware’. The best definition of this that I have found is: ‘beauty as an awareness of the transience of all things and a gentle sadness at their passing’.”
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