Caroline Young's Bio
The art of Caroline R. Young focuses on interpreting the drama, romance, and magic of the mythology and history of
ancient China and Japan. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii, majoring
in French. She met Lam Oi Char, a powerful mentor who inspired her to change her major to art and then to become a
professional. In 1978 Ms. Young went public for the first time, as many young Hawaiian artists did, by exhibiting on the
fence at the Honolulu Zoo on “Art Sundays.” In 1983, she painted a series of Japanese women in traditional dress, with
flowing colors which caught the interest of Images International of Hawaii, who became her publisher. Much of her work
from this period concentrates on figures of Japanese women, traditional “beauty pictures” – reclining, pensive, thoughtful
ladies draped in fine kimonos and offset by lotus and cherry blossoms. Ms. Young was often called the “female
counterpart of Otsuka”, a well known male Japanese silk painter; but whereas he prefers the kipula, the inner lining of the
kimono, she paints on raw silk.
In the late 1980’s inspired by the feature film “The Last Emperor”, Ms. Young
renewed her interest in her Chinese heritage and decided to focus on a series
of portraits of Chinese historical and legendary subjects. Her first was the 17th
Century Emperor Chien Lung, the China Dynasty’s longest reigning monarch,
who is remembered as a great art patron. The move to Chinese figures turned
out to be THE major breakthrough of her artistic career. Paintings of the
Manchurian Emperor and Empress were acclaimed by critics and proved so
popular that they were among the first of her works to be published as limited
After 20 years as a professional painter, Caroline Young today is known for
her soft, lyrical brushwork and graceful composition. Her work creates a
mystique, drama, and harmony expressed in the ancient Oriental tradition
illustrating legends from the past. Recognized as the leading contemporary
interpreter of Chinese Historical themes, she brings her subjects to life with
mixed-media imagery based on vibrant watercolors and acrylics, accented with
iridescent paints and metallic foils. Each painting is firmly grounded in hours of
research on historical tales, mythology, and costume.
She is also a woman with a mission. “My goal is to impart the culture and history of my Chinese heritage through my art,”
she says. “Because of everything I have learned during the research for my paintings, I have developed a fierce pride and
“I paint as much for the general public of all races as for the many Chinese-Americans who have lost a part of their cultural
identity through assimilation into mainstream American culture,” she adds. “But I know that the latter know more about
Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella than they do the Cowherd and the Weaving Maiden or Chang Er. It is immensely
gratifying to me whenever a Chinese-American client, upon hearing the stories associated with the different images, thanks
me for reconnecting them with their cultural heritage.”
Ms. Young is on a constant exploration to seek the essence of the Chinese soul. This lifelong quest has led her art to a
variety of directions. She has done a series of children on paper and silk and is currently creating “Children of the Chinese
Zodiac” with images of boys and girls with each of the signs. Her latest release is a series of 8”x10” original on rice paper
using a faster, more impressionistic method. “There is much of me in everything you see,” she says. “The people in my
works – even the flowers, the birds, and the sense of balance are a kind of personal reflection mixed with reverie. My art
comes from within.” The result is an intuitive blending of grace, elegance, and a quality of peacefulness that appeal to
viewers from every cultural background. Her artwork appeals to our sensitivity for beauty, to our love for a good story,
to our curiosity about those who came before us, those who grew old in cultures older than our own.
Her success in bringing China’s ancient culture to life for second, third, and fourth generation Chinese Americans has been
recognized by a number of awards.
Ms. Young’s paintings are shown in galleries throughout the United States, and are on permanent display at the Bowers
Museum in Santa Ana, California and the Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena, California. She has also been featured on
the critically acclaimed PBS series, Spectrum.
The Art of Caroline Young is a
great coffee table book to view
Caroline's past works of art. It
makes a great gift too!
The book is hard-bounded and
includes a slip cover. No collection
is complete without this book.
|The Art of Caroline Young
|Price - $110.00
NO tax and S&H
within US only