Charley Young

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“As a child, the daughter of mountaineers, I traced the alpine landscape with my feet; traversing summits, glaciers, moraines, and rock faces. My approach to drawing mimics this direct, physical and exploratory interaction with site, using frottage, transfers and inventive processes. Through means of erasure, pressure and trace, I mimic the reductive nature of the environment and draft tactile impressions of places in flux,” Charley Young.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Charley Young is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and public installation. Her work explores themes of trace and ephemerality through site-based interactions. To date, Young’s work includes large-scale monoprints of historic building facades, intimate portraits of vanishing mountains and frottage rubbings of arctic icebergs.

Charley holds a Masters in Fine Arts (2014) from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and a Bachelors of Fine Arts (2008) from NSCAD University in Halifax.

Charley has been an artist-in-residence at The Tides Institute and Museum of Art (2017), The Arctic Circle Program (2014), The Banff Centre (2013), The Vermont Studio Centre (2013), Spark Box Studios (2013), The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (2012).

Charley’s work is in various collections including: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, and Global Affairs Canada. Her work has been exhibited at MSVU Art Gallery (Halifax NS), SPACE Gallery (Portland, Maine), Free Will North Church Project Space (Eastport, Maine), The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS), Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax, NS).

Charley is Regular Part-Time Faculty at NSCAD University where she teaches drawing and printmaking. Charley works out of her studio located in the North End of Halifax and lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Charley has been fortunate to receive support from Arts Nova Scotia and has artwork in the collection of the Nova Scotia Art Bank. In 2012 she received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/ Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenants Governor Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Studio 21 has exhibited her work in Halifax, at Art Toronto and the Papier art fair in Montreal.


Visit Studio 21 artist Charley Young in her studio.

Art Toronto 2020 (online exhibition)

Oct 28 2020 - Nov 8 2020


Oct 24 2019 - Oct 27 2019


Apr 25 2019 - Apr 28 2019


Oct 25 2018 - Oct 29 2018

Ascension: New Drawings

May 4 2018 - Jun 6 2018


Apr 19 2018 - Apr 22 2018

Halifax Explosion

Nov 17 2017 - Jan 5 2018

Art Toronto 2017

Oct 27 2017 - Oct 30 2017

New Drawings

Jun 10 2016 - Jul 7 2016

Winter Group Exhibition

Dec 16 2016 - Feb 1 2017

Art Toronto 2016

Oct 27 2016 - Oct 31 2016

Papier 2020

Jun 2 2020 - Jun 30 2020
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Arts Review: Red is the Colour of Memory

Published May 26 2018 by Elissa Barnard

Green Room Marquee, oil on canvas, by Marilyn McAvoy, in her exhibit Red at Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax.  Marilyn McAvoy’s new paintings at Studio 21 to June 6 are fascinating, shadowland portraits of women at bars, caught alone in an empty space in dramatic reflection. They are inspired by the 20 years she…

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Visual Arts Review: Red and Ascension at Studio 21

Published May 10 2018 by Mollie Cronin, The Coast

A double-header of paintings and drawings offers two times the loveliness. By Mollie Cronin “Charley Young, Striations” Marilyn McAvoy, Red Charley Young, Ascension Studio 21 Fine Art, 1273 Hollis Street To June 6 The latest exhibition at Studio 21 is a double header: Red by Marilyn McAvoy and Ascension by Charley Young. Known for her floral paintings that blend naturalism, texture and…

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A defence for the traditional gallery model?

Published May 9 2018 by Deborah Carver, Director

For reasons not to do with art, I recently visited Vancouver and had a little time to go into several commercial galleries to browse. They range from huge and impressive manufacturing spaces outside the center of the city, to intimate downtown premises. It may have been because the weather was gorgeous; but they were very…

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Chronicle Herald: Studio 21 gallery marks Explosion anniversary with four-artist exhibit

Published Dec 4 2017 by Lisa Cochrane

Janice Leonard’s piece, Explosion School Girls, uses found glass to represent the great destruction. Artworks in a variety of media are popping up all over the city commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. The Studio 21 art gallery is marking the tragic anniversary with an exhibition of new work by four of their…

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Arts visuels – Les oeuvres incontournables de la Foire Papier 2017

Published Apr 21 2017 by Sonia Reboul, Querelles

…Mon grand coup de cœur va pour Charley Young. Chaque année je prends toujours autant de plaisir à parcourir ses dessins de montagnes sur papier Mylar et à suivre la maturation de son style vers un tracé plus affirmé à la finesse déroutante (À voir au kiosque de la galerie Studio 21)… Original Source

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