David Young

SUBCONSCIOUS ART

These artworks come from my subconscious. For me, that keeps them true.

It began when I was in middle school where, while sitting in class and listening to the lecture, I would draw a random line on a bit of paper, then react to it with another line that would begin to suggest the subject of the drawing.

The drawings were small enough to make it look like I was taking notes, but many were taken away by teachers. Nonetheless, I have a fat album of about 3300 drawings done during high school and college classes that survived.

My small drawings evolved into large-scale paintings.

Most recently, I have been focused on a series of paintings on Global Warming. The Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria in British Columbia collaborated with me on defining what subjects should be painted. We agreed the series should be done in three categories:

1. The Causes (6 paintings)
2. The Effects on Nature (6 paintings)
3. The After-effects on Humans (6 paintings)

HOW I WORK

When I have established a subject to work on, like the Global Warming series, I study the subject until it becomes part of my subconscious awareness. Then I draw from the subconscious images I’ve developed in my head. Often, the subject isn’t revealed to my conscious self until it is partially done.