Anthony Young is a Boston based artist born and raised in Charleston, WV. Working primarily in painting, drawing, paper, and printmaking, Young’s work explores identity, history and memorialization with heavy influences from Black Americana, film and his home state West Virginia. He earned his B.A. from West Virginia State University and his M.F.A. from School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University. He continues his practice both in the studio as artist and outside of the studio working in community engagements and art education/teaching.
“Anthony Young paints to immortalize the gaze of marginalized people with black and brown skin and the social issues they face in America today. The artist abandons traditional painting and drawing techniques to develop an innovative language that is achieved through unconventional materials such as bleach or gunpowder. These materials, inherently destructive, expose identities damaged violently by racial discrimination. Young’s work opens necessary conversations at domestic and public spaces to strengthen inclusivity at any level.” — David Guerra, 2019 Walter Feldman Fellowship Juror