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Ava Young

Ava's Abstracts

"My work builds layer upon layer, shade upon shade, ending in a richly colored and deeply textured painting. The painting beckons the viewer, inviting them to discover subtle surprises and unexpected delights hidden in full view on the canvas."

Ava Young came to painting late in life, first having to overcome the externally planted voices in her head that limited her creativity. Having accomplished that, she braved a few art classes and within a year, saw her work hanging in two of the best galleries in Arizona. Now, she's thrilled to stand in front of a blank canvas, eager to see what the next spontaneous step brings.

Ava begins with texture. She creates the foundation for each piece using a wide variety of materials—either on their own or combined—including molding paste, gel, sand, lava rock, paper, fabric, metal, or even dry wall compound. Then, she adds layer upon layer of color, sometimes with additional texture. Always based in acrylic, sometimes ending with oil stick, the resulting paintings draw the art lover closer, inviting them on their own journey of discovery.

Ava Young is essentially self-taught, although she has taken various classes and workshops as a self-directed adult student. Having become a professional artist almost ten years ago, she continues to indulge her curiosity by working with other mediums including oil paint, impasto, and cold wax.

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Emerging 39
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 312
$ 265.20
Happy
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 3,300
$ 2,805
Emerging 60
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 312
$ 265.20
Emerging 37
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 312
$ 265.20
Emerging 59
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 312
$ 265.20
Emerging 58
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 312
$ 265.20
Emerging 56
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 312
$ 265.20
Buried Treasure
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 4,700
$ 3,995
Pink
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 4,300
$ 3,655
Into
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 5,300
$ 4,505
Defiant
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Redwood IV
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Orphan
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 2,592
$ 2,203.20
Shadow
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 3,888
$ 3,304.80
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
A Thousand Whispers, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ, 2010
Abstract and Contemporary Art , Ventana Medical Systems Exhibition , Oro Valley, AZ, 2010
Members Open , Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ, 2010
Art A La Carte, Toscana Gallery, Oro Valley,AZ, 2010
Featured Guest Artist , Flux Callery, Tucson, AZ, 2012
Featured Guest Artist , Flux Callery, Tucson, AZ, 2012
Collections
Small Wonders, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ, 2009
Permanent Addition, Details Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2012