Skip to main content

Trevor Young Art

American

Trevor Young is a quintessentially American painter. He makes no bones about his affection for the trappings of car culture, life on the road and 1960s West Coast art. His main subject is modernism’s footprint on the outposts of Americana, places typified by harsh artificial light and hard shadows on concrete. For Young, despite the contemporary art world’s preferences for irony, disjunction and tongue-in-cheek intellectual gamesmanship, painting is at its best when it attempts to offer an unpretentious accounting of where and how we live our day-to-day lives. The celebrations of urban sprawl offered by artists like Ed Ruscha, who famously took no-nonsense aerial photographs of 34 Los Angeles parking lots in 1967 and created sleek, stripped-down paintings of Standard Oil stations, are an obvious point of reference in Young’s work. But Young’s choices seem more personal than Ruscha’s and his technique is certainly more painterly. His images of gas stations are uneasy amalgamations, cobbled together from his memories of road trips, photographs and pure invention and rendered with a sense of atmosphere and drama seemingly at odds with his use of hard lines and simple geometric shapes. Young activates every square inch of his canvases, blocking in large passages of negative space with skeins of scruffy countervailing strokes. He is not a fussy painter, nor is he out to prove his mastery to an audience. Like Edward Hopper, Young tends to eschew a lot of paint’s seductive properties, preferring to create hard edges and large, gently undulating planes of subdued color. He draws the viewer into an unpopulated, uncluttered world with a clear horizon line, but one that is also filled with hiccups, discontinuities and compromises. For Young, the cold comfort offered by outposts of convenience like gas stations, airports, cheap hotel rooms is not so easily dismissed. Young shares the strange buoyant optimism of his hero, Jonathan Richman. Spending time with Young’s paintings, one can’t help but feel the echoes of that thrill.

(Biography provided by George Billis Gallery)
Applied Filters16 results
Artist:Trevor Young
to
Item Location
16
9
4
3
3
1
2
10
Overall Height
to
Overall Width
to
16
16
11,797
3,160
2,531
1,927
16
16
13
12
4
Departure Beat
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Represented by George Billis Gallery, NYC & LA -- Trevor Young is a quintessentially American painter. He makes no bones about his affection for the trappings of car culture, lif...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

First Light
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Trevor Young is a quintessentially American painter. He makes no bones about his affection for the trappings of car culture, life on the road, and 1960s West Coast art. His main subj...
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Resting Fuselage
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Linen, Oil, Panel

Red Hardbody
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Active Runway
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Suspension
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Passing Protrusion
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Placid Comeback
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

End of Inning
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Red Borough
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Meadowland Erections
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

In the Park
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Trevor Young is a quintessentially American painter. He makes no bones about his affection for the trappings of car culture, life on the road, and 1960s West Coast art. His main subj...
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Roosevelt
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Natural Body
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Trevor Young is a quintessentially American painter. He makes no bones about his affection for the trappings of car culture, life on the road, and 1960s West Coast art. His main subj...
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Yellow Grid
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Sodium Vapors
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Related Items
End of Inning
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Yellow Grid
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Sodium Vapors
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Passing Protrusion
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Placid Comeback
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Meadowland Erections
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Resting Fuselage
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Linen, Oil, Panel

Active Runway
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Red Hardbody
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Suspension
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Roosevelt
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Red Borough
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Category

2010s American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Previously Available Items
Flowing Away
By Trevor Young
Located in Westport, CT
Represented by George Billis Gallery, NYC & LA --Trevor Young is a quintessentially American painter. He makes no bones about his affection for the trappings of car culture, life on ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Trevor Young Art

Materials

Panel, Oil

  • Flowing Away
  • Flowing Away
H 12 in. W 12 in.

Artists Similar to Trevor Young