Emily Young Bronzes: Heritage Pieces

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The exhibition “Emily Young Bronzes: Heritage Pieces” presents a new collection of Emily Young bronzes from the past two years. These bronzes are not cast from sculpted clay but are instead casts taken directly from her stone pieces. They are her heritage pieces; sculptures which the artist feels mark important phases in her sculptural evolution.

‘Bronze is one of the most ancient and beautiful materials, used over many millennia by humans. Like stone, it is extremely durable, and can carry the embodiment of human consciousness in sculpture over vast periods of time.'  - Emily Young 

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.

Emily Young working at her studio in Italy

The Heritage Pieces

Emily has chosen to cast these specific works in bronze, because she considers each to be an exceptional example of the various genres of her work. The first examples in this series were taken from two of her Torsos, Sea Torso and Lunar Torso. Both sculptures epitomise a distinct period in the artist’s exploration of form and abstraction.

Lunar Torso, Bronze, Height: 23 ¼” (59 cm) & Sea Torso, Bronze, Height: 18 7/8” (48 cm)

Following the success of her initial two torsos, Emily has also handpicked certain iconic stone heads to be produced in bronze. She has taken great care to ensure these are not simply replications of her past works, but rather entirely new works of art. This has been achieved through a distinct patination of the bronzes, which do not reflect the appearance of their stone counterparts.

Sea Torso, Bronze, Height: 18 7/8” (48 cm) & Caramel Sea Torso, Onyx, Height: 19 ¾” (50 cm)

“Emily Young Bronzes: Heritage Pieces” exhibits the variety of textures, forms and colours that make Emily’s work so recognisable. These exclusive bronzes represent Young’s most iconic works dealing with time, geography, humanity and culture. They marry Young’s contemporary carving style with traditional casting, giving her unique sculptures a romantic and eternal presence.

Installation view of Head of a Woman I (bronze)
Installation view of Heritage Pieces

Emily Young
Song, Conceived 2017 and cast 2019
Bronze with mid brown and light green patination
Height: 17 1/3” (44 cm)
Signed EY and numbered 3/9

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Emily Young
Wind Head, Conceived and cast 2018
Bronze with tones of brown and green patination
Height: 26 2/3” (68 cm)
Signed and numbered 1/9. Edition 1 of 9, plus 3 artist’s proofs

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Emily Young
Sea Torso, Conceived 2015 and cast 2019
Bronze with a multiple texture green patina
Height: 18 7/8” (48 cm)
Signed E.Young and numbered 3/9. Edition 3 of 9, plus 3 artist’s proof

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Emily Young
Lunar Torso II, Conceived 2017 and cast 2019
Bronze with a light green patina
Height: 23 1/4'' (59 cm)
Signed E.Young and numbered 9/9. Edition 9 of 9, plus 3 artist's proofs

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Emily Young
Head of a Woman I, Conceived 2015 and cast 2018
Bronze with green and brown patination
Height: 14 11/12” (38 cm)
Signed and numbered 2/9

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Emily Young
Black Swan Bronze I, Conceived 2013 and cast 2019
Bronze with black and verdigris patina
Height: 26 2/3” (60 cm)
Signed and numbered 1/9

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Emily Young
Little Cloud Head I, Conceived 2017 and cast 2019
Bronze with cream patination
Height: 13 2/3” (35 cm)
Signed and numbered 2/9. Edition 2 of 9, plus 3 artist’s proofs

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Emily Young
Night Form, Conceived 2017 and cast 2019
Bronze with green and brown/blue patination
Height: 35 2/5” (90 cm)
Signed and numbered 1/9

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Emily Young
Little Evening Torso, Conceived 2017 and cast 2019
Bronze with grey toned patination
Height: 13” (33 cm)
Signed EY and numbered 1/9

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Emily Young
Face of Stillness I, Conceived and cast 2018
Bronze with green patina
Height: 30 1/8” (76.5 cm)
Signed E.Young 1/9. Edition 1 of 9, plus 3 artist’s proofs

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