The Ann Korologos Gallery is pleased to present America at Heart: Valleys to Peaks, a solo exhibition of works by Dan Young. As a local valley favorite, his plein air impressions of Colorado’s most beloved locations and pastimes are widely collected by his dedicated fans.
A long-time resident of Silt, Colorado, Dan Young’s work often depicts very real places found within 250 miles of his studio. Over the years Young has mastered the challenges posed by painting on location regardless of the season, and along the way has earned a reputation as one of Colorado’s premier landscape artists.
Young’s work feels familiar to those who know Colorado, sometimes taking the viewer right back to an experience and place. He continually delights in discovering new subject matter in familiar surroundings, and finding inventive ways to paint it.
The Colorado native has always found his inspiration in the outdoors. “Camping and fishing throughout the Rocky Mountains as a child has been a strong influence on me and my work,” reflects Young. “I still spend about 50 percent of my time painting on location. That’s what drew me to painting — the love of being out in nature and trying to accurately capture it on canvas. I still get excited when I head out for a day of painting. It doesn’t matter if I paint in Alaska or just out my front door. It helps keep me fresh to paint on location,” he says.
After attending Colorado Institute of Art, Dan Young established a successful career in illustration in Dallas, TX. But missing the landscapes and activities of Colorado, he returned to his home state in 1989 to begin painting full time.
Young enjoys painting the rural life of the west, the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. He explains, “Though I’m a landscape painter, I like introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape. Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life. It’s hard to watch so many of the family farms and ranches being swallowed up by development.”
Dan Young’s work has been shown in exhibitions including American Masters, the Arts in the Embassies, Belgium; Salmagundi Art Club, NY; Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife, WY; Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, WY; Gilcrease Museum, OK. It has also been featured in Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and Cowboys and Indians magazines. In 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, Young has been a featured artist in the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale.