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Green Bird, 1972

acrylic on canvas

60" x 53"

Green Bird, 1972

acrylic on canvas

60" x 53"

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Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

28" x 33"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

28" x 33"

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Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"
Untitled, c. 1968

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"
Untitled, c. 1968

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"

Installation View
Untitled, c. 1968

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"
Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"

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Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

46" x 54"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

46" x 54"

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Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"
Untitled, c. 1974

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"

Installation View
Untitled, c. 1974

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"

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Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"

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Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

56" x 57"

Untitled, c. 1970

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56" x 57"

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Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"
Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

Installation View
Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

Installation View
Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), c. 2000

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60" x 48"

Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), c. 2000

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Nile Valley, c. 2000

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60" x 48"

Nile Valley, c. 2000

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Aurora Borealis, c. 2000

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60" x 42"
Aurora Borealis, c. 2000

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60" x 42"
Aurora Borealis (detail view), c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 42"
Aurora Borealis (detail view), c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 42"
Aurora Borealis, c. 2000

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60" x 42"

Aurora Borealis, c. 2000

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60" x 42"

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Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"
Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"

Installation of Continuum at American University Museum, 2019

Photo: Greg Staley
Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"

Installation of Continuum at American University Museum, 2019

Photo: Greg Staley
Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"

Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"

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Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"
Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"

Installation of Continuum at American University Museum, 2019

Photo: Greg Staley
Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"

Installation View
Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"

Installation View
Untitled (signature detail), 1996

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23" x 29"
Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"

Untitled, 1996

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23" x 29"

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Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"
Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"
Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"
Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"

Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"

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Blue Nile River, 2010

acrylic on paper

25" x 40"
Blue Nile River, 2010

acrylic on paper

25" x 40"
Blue Nile River (signature detail), 2010

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25" x 40"
Blue Nile River, 2010

acrylic on paper

25" x 40"

Blue Nile River, 2010

acrylic on paper

25" x 40"

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Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

22" x 30"
Untitled, c. 2000

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22" x 30"
Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

22" x 30"

Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

22" x 30"

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Green Bird, 1972

acrylic on canvas

60" x 53"

Green Bird, 1972

acrylic on canvas

60" x 53"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

28" x 33"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

28" x 33"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

40" x 39"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

46" x 54"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

46" x 54"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

62" x 110"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

56" x 57"

Untitled, c. 1970

acrylic on canvas

56" x 57"

Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

Sun Ra Dance (The Powers of Ten), c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

Nile Valley, c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

Nile Valley, c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 48"

Aurora Borealis, c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 42"

Aurora Borealis, c. 2000

acrylic on canvas

60" x 42"

Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"

Untitled, c. 1975

acrylic on canvas

42" x 50"

Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"

Untitled, 1996

acrylic on paper

23" x 29"

Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"

Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

28 3/4" x 43 1/2"

Blue Nile River, 2010

acrylic on paper

25" x 40"

Blue Nile River, 2010

acrylic on paper

25" x 40"

Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

22" x 30"

Untitled, c. 2000

acrylic on paper

22" x 30"

Biography

Kenneth Victor Young - Artists - About Bethesda Fine Art

Kenneth Victor Young in front of Red Dance, National Gallery of Art

Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017) had a far-reaching career as an artist, teacher, and museum professional. After studying physics and earning his B.S. in Fine Art from the University of Louisville, where he met fellow student Sam Gilliam, he moved to Washington, D.C. in 1964 and began painting abstract forms with washed acrylics on unprimed canvas. Young taught at the Duke Ellington School and the Corcoran School of Art and had an illustrious 35-year career as an international exhibition designer for the Smithsonian Institution. His extensive travels helped inform his cosmic abstract style of painting. A love for jazz influenced the movement and vitality of his work. His early paintings are distinguished by floating orb motifs, a fusion of brilliant colors held together in molecular suspension. Young described his artistic philosophy as “bringing order out of chaos.”

For over 40 years, Young’s art has been shown in group and solo exhibitions around the world. His one-man show at the Corcoran Gallery in 1973-74 solidified his place as a significant Washington Color School painter, alongside artists like Tom Downing, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis. Describing the process in his early works, Virginia K. Adams, Ph.D., in her catalog essay for the 2018 University of Maryland exhibition, “The Language of Abstraction: Ed Clark, Richard Franklin, and Kenneth Young,” writes, “He often painted on the floor, pouring acrylic paint onto unprimed canvas and diluting it with water to make it flow and become absorbed in unpredictable patterns. Young sometimes used an airbrush to soften edges, which gave his orbs the appearance of floating…Some later paintings—notably...Blue Nile River (2010)—offer evidence of a turn to landscape.”