Isabel Young is an artist and lecturer. She is a Tutor (Research), Graduate Diploma, at the Royal College of Art where she lectures across art and design with a focus on spatial and three-dimensional disciplines. Isabel has taught fine art and design for over a decade at some of the world’s leading centres for art and design education having previously held positions at the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Gloucestershire and Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).
Isabel graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002 with a Masters in Fine Art and later undertook a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich. She has exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally with solo exhibitions at Rockwell, Rosy Wilde and the Laing Art Gallery. Isabel’s work has won many awards including the Gilchrist Fisher Award for Landscape Painting, The Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art from the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, the Basel H. Alkazzi Travel Scholarship to New York, Jerwood Contemporary Painters and the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust.
Isabel Young’s research engages with multiple aspects in the field of art and design and involves interdisciplinary approaches. Primarily the work extends existing contemporary art practice as an aspect of current theory surrounding ‘expanded painting’. Her practice has reached new conclusions by combining apparently paradoxical processes involving architectural software and traditional painting to form multi-modal works where the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, painting, constructed photography and sculpture converge into a hybrid oscillating between the architectural model and traditional oil painting. Conceptually the practice investigates architectural space and the built environment as a reflection of how we once lived, and how we now live. Young’s works form an intersection between fictional realities and real spaces making associations with artefacts and architectural indicators as representative of the evolution of human intellect and our material existence.