Notes acrylic paint & medium on panels, 28.5" x 26" 2013
I'm fascinated with the boundaries between photography and painting. I find delight in criss crossing the line between both - embedding an "objective" photographic backstory in the lush materialistic subjectivity of a painted experience.
Recollection is very important to me. My more recent work circles around forgotten sensational stories in the press - like an audacious 1897 balloon flight over the North Pole, a 1934 tabloid sponsored expedition on the shores of Loch Ness in or a tragic evangelical mission to the Amazon in 1956. These are media-shaped stories of the self-confident and sincere that I retell through a prism of images grounded in their time.
It's not nostalgia that animates my efforts but following a question of what is real and what is illusion. It's work that keeps my eyes peeled for wonderful outlandishness lurking just beneath the surface.
Process and what I paint (1:08 sec)
Traces of an Iconic Mission (6:16 sec.)
JAMES M. YOUNG MURAL COMISSION FOR WHEATON COLLEGE, IL. (3:30 sec.)