Scott Young’s illustrations and paintings lean on ’90s aesthetics (we mean that in a good way). Nostalgia at its best, his work revolves around pop culture, with a nod to art history. Amongst his illustrations, you can find reinterpretation of astrological symbolism and flowers painted on a bag of Doritos.
Originally from Olympia, Washington, Young is currently living and working in New York City. His work also includes running an online shop, where he sells t-shirts of his illustrations (which are almost always sold out).
Each of his pieces begins with endless drafting before he gets to the painting. “A typical weekend is full of as much art making as possible,” he told the Urban Outfitters blog. “I sketch a lot of ideas out as I go and usually make endless drafts before starting a painting.”
With drafting comes progress. According to Young, his style is always evolving. “I’m always sort of rebelling against what I’ve done before,” he admits. “I don’t want to make the same thing over and over again.” His biggest lessons so far? “The potential for what art can do is limitless. Stay open to constantly learning about it’s potential. One of my biggest take always is the amazing experience of being able to visualize something in my mind and then set down to actualize it. We all have that ability. Once we start to learn and work with it the world really does start to open it.”
Take a look at some of his work below.