Kevin Young, Kookaburras Drawing

Artist : Kevin Young


Pencil on French Paper



Kevin Young’s Auto biography

Kevin Henry Young is a self-taught realism artist who works predominantly in graphite and charcoal, but also in watercolours and acrylics. Kevin was born in Johanesburg South Africa and as a young teen Kevin and his family went on a 3-month safari through the national parks of South Africa. This gave him an intense desire to capture the essence of nature, particularly the minute details that is so often overlooked. After Kevin’s family immigrated to Australia where he grew up in the working-class suburbs of West Melbourne, Kevin was considered an outsider and so he would explore Fringine Bushland near his home, collecting lizards and other small creatures, it was during these forays into nature that Kevin started to see the relationships between light shadows and colour variations. In secondary school his art teacher acquired one of his works for their own collection. Over the years Kevin sold works to the Dept of Environment, clients in China and England. As often happens life took a turn and Kevin forcibly retired from his trade due to ill health, it was then that Kevin took his hobby and pursued it in a more professional way. Kevin is currently working on putting together a collection of works for his first exhibition titles “Birds” Kevin’s work can be viewed at the Australia Gallery in Cairns.

Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers of the genus Dacelo native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28 and 47 cm in length and weigh around 300 g. The name is a loanword from Aboriginal Wiradjuri guuguubarra.
Scientific Name : Dacelo