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18 October 2011: Victoria Gallery brings Young out of storage

The University of Liverpool Victoria Gallery & Museum has brought Dick Young’s Morning Interior (1957) out of storage, and currently has the painting on display alongside works by Lucien Freud (Paddington Interior, Harry Diamond) and David Hockney.

The Gallery caption reads:

Young began working as an electrician in Liverpool in 1958.  He soon joined the Liverpool Academy of Art and later attended life drawing classes at the School of Art.  There his teachers included George Mayer Martin (whose work is also in the University collection).  Young’s paintings are generally centred around the home, whether interiors or views from windows.  This work is at base level a self-portrait, the artist shown relaxing with a cigarette, wearing a stripy dressing gown.  To the left is a detailed still-life of a breakfast table.  In the background are further figures, one seated reading a paper, the other lying on a sofa.  Young has manipulated the viewing point of the picture, skilfully joining together various elements of the room to create a complete image.

18 October 2011: Dick Young on the BBC Your Paintings website

Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.  Many, if not most, of the paintings may not currently be on public display, being either in storage or displayed in parts of buildings to which the public do not have access.

There are currently five paintings by Dick Young which can be viewed on the site:

  • Window (1998) (Collection: Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust)
  • View of Bedford Street (1980s) (Collection: Arts Development, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council)
  • Morning Interior (1957) (Collection: University of Liverpool)
  • Large Interior (Collection: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum)
  • Self-Portrait (1960) (Collection: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum)

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