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Celebrate the life of artist Bill Young at the Latrobe Regional Gallery and Arc Yinnar through a program formed with the artists and friends who loved him best.

Aug 24, 2022


Words: Latrobe Regional Gallery

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“Unwrapping The Big Picture was equally exciting, nerve-wracking and a bit precarious,” says Latrobe Regional Gallery’s Director Bec Cole.

“Works on paper are notorious for showing up every bump and scrape.”

These worries were fortunately unfounded as this epic work on paper
spanning 20 metres is still as vibrant and robust as the man himself was.

Forming the centrepiece of a new retrospective, The Big Picture is a work created in the spirit of play and exploration of materials and form that Bill Young ignited in the many artists he taught and influenced.

These worries were fortunately unfounded as this epic work on paper spanning 20 metres is still as vibrant and robust as the man himself was.

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According to artist and friend Rodney Forbes, Bill Young “was a remarkable painter of intense vision and invention”. Young was a significant creative force in Gippsland. An artist of national reputation, he came to live and teach in the Latrobe Valley after studying art in Adelaide.

This exhibition celebrates Bill’s life and creative achievements following his sad death in 2021. Running alongside is an extended public program formed in collaboration with the artists and friends who loved him best.

A special feature is the concurrent exhibition at Arc Yinnar that will feature a suite of unique drawings as well as several of the artist’s sketchbooks.

Mayor of Latrobe City Cr Kellie O’Callaghan said it was a real privilege to provide a platform for the stories and perspectives of Latrobe City’s artists in the Regional Gallery.

“We would also like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Bill’s family, in particular his daughter Lucie Zouper, who has been incredibly generous as we have brought this retrospective together,” said Cr O’Callaghan.

Closing out the program on Saturday 22 October will be a special ‘Closing Party’ that will celebrate Bill in the style he preferred: music, dance, poetry and big conversations.

A celebration fit for one of the greatest.

William (Bill) Young - (The Big Picture, 1991, Acrylic on paper, 2.6 x 20 metres, courtesy of the Estate of William Young, 2022.)
William (Bill) Young - (The Big Picture, 1991, Acrylic on paper, 2.6 x 20 metres, courtesy of the Estate of William Young, 2022.)


See The Big Picture: The Art of Bill Young, running 30 July – 23 October at the Latrobe Regional Gallery, 138 Commercial Road Morwell.

For more information visit latroberegionalgallery.com.

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