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John Young: 'Near Sanctuary'

‘This suite of paintings is dedicated to those who take the void path, who see the sun rise from the empty ocean's horizon, to those who globally seek refuge, those people who otherwise would be made invisible or vaporise into infinity in this globalised techno battlefield for speed and time. I have also included several "Love Song" paintings in this exhibition - for those optimistic but nameless children, who are caught in the midst of the follies of profit, politics and brutal will.’ [John Young]

Celebrated Hong Kong born, Melbourne based artist John Young made his Israeli debut at the Noga Gallery with his exhibition ‘Near Sanctuary’, presented in conjunction with the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

John Young (Ze Runge) was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and moved to Australia in 1967 at the time of the 'Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution' in China. He read philosophy, trained as a painter and later taught at the Sydney College of the Arts, at the University of Sydney. Since 1998 he has been living and working between Melbourne and Hong Kong, on exhibitions and public art projects, with a particular focus on the impact of globalization and technology on the historical tradition of painting.

Young has produced a substantial body of work over the last 25 years, exploring most importantly the crossing of traditions and the heritage of modernism within a post-modern and post-colonial context. His experience of living as a Chinese artist of the Diaspora has allowed him a transcultural perspective - a condition we all face in a technological, virtual and globalised world.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2004   ‘The Persian Paintings’ Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 ‘Three Propositions’ Prüss & Ochs Gallery, Berlin
‘The Void Path’ John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
‘Reversals’ Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2002 ‘unstable cultures’ Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2001 ‘Pines Edge’ Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
1999 ‘Works On Paper’ Za Moca Foundation, Tokyo
1993 Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
1990 ‘Polychrome Paintings’ City Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2003   Art Forum Berlin, Anna Schwartz Gallery Berlin
‘austral-asia zero three’, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2002 ‘Sight & Site’ Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
ARCO Madrid, Anna Schwartz Gallery Madrid
2001 ‘MCA Unpacked’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2000 ‘Variety Highlights, Sonic Residues 2000’ Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
1998 ‘Transit’ Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Festival, Sydney
1996 ‘Spirit + Place: A Century of Art in Australia’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1995 NICAF, Yokohama Art Festival, Sherman Goodhope Gallery, Japan
‘Antipodean Currents’ Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York
1994 ‘Antipodean Currents’ The Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C.
1991 ‘Art from Australia: Eight Contemporary Views’ Australian Exhibition Touring Agency, touring ASEAN Capitals
‘Models’ ARS Multiplicata, Sydney
1988 Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition, toured state galleries around Australia
‘The XXIV Olympiad of Art’ National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

John Young: ‘Near Sanctuary’
26 May – 25 June 2005
Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
60 Eh’ad Ha’am St, Tel Aviv
Telephone: 03 5660123
Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am – 2pm


John Young exhibition ‘Near Sanctuary’ presented in conjunction with: Anna Schwartz Gallery

John Young: Oil on Canvas (detail)
John Young: Oil on Canvas