Performance frozen in realism — Richard Young’s dance paintings

I am a self-taught professional Artist, born in Yorkshire, and now based in Reading, UK where I have my office and studio.  I create all oil paintings entirely using a knife, often in a limited colour palette and mixing only on the canvas. My artwork compositions mostly entail dramatic lighting and shading, in a high contrast. I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. Predominantly figurative, I aim to capture a carefully composed aloof anonymity, mood, atmosphere, drama, passion and emotion of the performance in a frozen realism, rather than characteristic individual representation of the performers themselves. ~Richard Young