Emily Young has been hailed as “Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor” by the Financial Times. She was born in London into a family of writers, artists, politicians and adventurers. Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, a colleague of Auguste Rodin and widow of the explorer Captain Scott of the Antarctic.
As a young woman, Emily Young worked primarily as a painter, having studied briefly at Chelsea School of Art and at Central Saint Martins in London, along with Stonybrook University in New York. She left London in the late 60s and spent the next years travelling through the USA, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America and China.
Young encountered a diverse range of cultures during these travels, which inevitably broadened her perspective of art, its history and even its future, at least by her hand. She began carving in stone in the early 1980s, fascinated by the natural beauty and energy of the medium. It was and always has been her desire to capture the depths of human nature and its powerful connection to our planet. In doing this, Young has created works of art that are at once timeless and modern, serious and poetic, beautiful and unforgiving.