b. 1978 -

Zoe Young (b.1978) is a rising talent within the Sydney art scene. She is currently based in Bowral, Southern Highlands, NSW with her husband and two young children. Young’s paintings are marked by her eclectic use of colour and sharp eye for unique landscape and still-life compositions.

Despite having graduated from the National Art School, Zoe Young is self-taught in the areas of illustrating, photography, sewing and her passion – painting. Through her use of pastel tones and dramatic shadow, her still life compositions reflect an emotive response to her environment. Young adapts her eccentric colour palate to evoke the characteristics of her subject matter – as displayed in her wonderful Archibald Finalist Portrait (2014) of Torah Bright.

Zoe Young is a seasoned finalist in the Archibald Portraiture Prize, selected in 2014 with her portrait of Olympic Snowboarder Torah Bright and again in 2016 with her portrait of Indigenous Australian model Sam Harris.  Within her portraiture and still life works, Young has truly excelled and established herself as one of the forefront painters within a new generation of Australian artists. As one of Australia’s rising talents, Young received the 2013 John Briscoe Memorial Prize judged by Lucy Culliton and runner up of the 2014 Yen Young Female Artist of the Year Award with her portrait of Winter Olympian Frank Prihoda.

In one of Zoe Young’s landmark exhibitions, Home (2015) at The Art Society, Southern Highlands,  the body of work reflected her childhood of seasonal changes – Bowral in spring, Thredbo in winter and summer in Sydney. In the last stages of pregnancy at the time of this exhibition, Young’s art making methods had “turned her eye to the more natural and slower things in life.” Most recently, Young has been exploring landscape and still-life inspired by her surroundings in the Southern Highlands

Zoe Young first solo exhibition at Piermarq, Space Between Hours opens on Thursday 30 March 2017, 6 – 8pm, and runs until Saturday 22 April 2017. Young will discuss this latest body of work at an Artist’s Talk on Saturday 1 April 2017, 3pm at Piermarq. 

View the online exhibition catalogue:
Space Between Hours, 30 March – 22 April 2017

Zoe Young, Sam Harris (2016), Acrylic on canvas, 196.5 x 321 cm
2016 Archibald Prize Finalist


2015 Home The Art Society, Southern Highlands, NSW
2014 Geelong Grammar Alumni Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of Creativity
(Hung alongside Grandfather A.E Young)
2014 Ladies The Paint The Art Society, Southern Highlands, NSW
2014 Gold Graduates of the National Art School Exhibition, Studio W. Woolloomooloo, NSW
2014 Burrawang Designer and Artists Festival (Invited Artist)
2014 Celebrity Portrait Reveal (Invited Artist)
2012 National Art School Graduate Show, Sydney, NSW


2016 Archibald Prize (Finalist)
2015 Cooks Gallery Emerging Art Prize, Newcastle (Finalist)
2015 Wingcarribee Art Prize, Southern Highlands (Finalist)
2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2014 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (Finalist)
2014 Yen Magazine Female Artist of the Year (Highly Commended)
2013 John Copes Prize for Portraiture (Finalist)
2013 John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2013 Snowy Mountains Art Prize, Jindabyne Memorial Hall (Winner)


2015 Artist in Residence, Winifred West Schools, Sturt/Frensham, NSW(current)
2013 Artist in Residence, Crackenback Farm, Crackenback, NSW
2012 Artist in Residence, Arthaus, Thredbo Village, NSW


Lucy Feagins, Zoe Young, April 2017, The Design Files
Musa, H, Portrait on Olympian purchased by Canberra Airport, July 2016, City News
Evans, M, Striking artwork brightens up Canberra Airport, July 2016, Travellers News 
Marshall, C, Zoe Young portrait of snowboarder Torah Bright, July 2016, The Canberra Times
Lee, V, Zoe’s Archibald success, July 2016, Southern Highland News

Would you like to view more works by Zoe Young? Feel free to give us a call on (02) 9660 7799 or email us at [email protected]

Artist Zoe Young at her Bowral Studio, NSW
Zoe Young, Foraging the cottage of DH Lawrence (2017), Acrylic on board, 46 x 61cm
Zoe Young, Ode to Minns (2017), Acrylic on board, 46 x 61cm
Zoe Young, The Australians - Summertime (2016), Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 60 cm
Zoe Young, A Room of Ones Own (2016), Acrylic on birchwood, 46 x 61 cm
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