ED YOUNG


Ed Young, ALL SO FUCKING AFRICAN, 2016 Images courtesy of SMAC Gallery and The Armory Show.
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Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of over eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. He finds inspiration for his work in the philosophy of Chinese painting.

“A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words,” explains Young. “They are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe.”

Born in Tientsin, China, Ed Young grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art.

Young began his career as a commercial artist in advertising and found himself looking for something more expansive, expressive, and timeless. He discovered all this, and more, in children’s books.

The subject and style of each story provide Young with the initial inspiration for his art and the motivation for design, sequence, and pace. Accuracy in research is essential to his work, too – whether he is illustrating fantasy, folk tale, or fact. According to Young, a strong foundation of credibility must be established in order to create new and exciting images. Through such images, he hopes to capture his readers and ultimately expand their awareness.

Young’s quest for challenge and growth are central in his role as illustrator. “Before I am involved with a project, I must be moved, and as I try something exciting, I grow. It is my purpose to stimulate growth in the reader as an active participant as well,” Young explains. “I feel the story has to be exciting, and a moving experience for a child.”

A graduate of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has also received two Caldecott Honors – for The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice – and was twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to children’s book authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Young lives in Westchester County, New York, with his two daughters and two cats.

Awards

Mazza Medallion of Excellence for Artistic Diversity, 2002

Presented to a living artist of children’s books who has created a work of outstanding merit. The key criterion for choosing a recipient for this award is the candidate’s sensitivity to varying requirements of different stories. Therefore, this award is given to an artist of children’s books who has demonstrated his/her willingness to experiment with different styles of media and illustration.

Hans Christian Andersen Medal – US Nominee, 2000 & 1992

Presented to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

1992, Seven Blind Mice – Honor Book

1989, Lon Po Po

1967, The Emperor and the Kite, Honor Book

Boston Globe Horn Book Honor

1992, Seven Blind Mice

1989, Lon Po Po

1982, Yeh Shen

Asian Pacific Award

2008, Wabi Sabi

New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books

2008, Wabi Sabi

1988, Cats Are Cats

1983, Up a Tree

NY Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

2004, Sons of the Dragon King

2004, I, Doko

2000, The Hunter

1997, Pinocchio

1992, Seven Blind Mice

Parents’ Choice Award

2004, Sons of the Dragon King

2000, The Hunter, gold award

1989, Lon Po Po, silver award

Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award

2000, The Hunter, A Chinese Folktale

1988, Cats Are Cats

1983, Up A Tree

Washington Irving Children’s Choice Book Award

2000, The Hunter

1997, Pinocchio

Booksellers West Show Award

1998, Mouse Match

21st Annual Angel Award

1997, Voices of the Heart

Aesop’s Accolade Award

1996, The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story

ALA Notable Book

2008, Wabi Sabi

2001, The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale

1992, Seven Blind Mice

1989, Lon Po Po

1988, Cats Are Cats

1982, Yeh Shen

1981, High On a Hill

1967, The Emperor and the Kite

American Library Association Booklist: Editor’s Choice

1989, Lon Popo: A Red Riding Hood Story from China

1986, Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake

1988, Cats Are Cats

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books of the Year

1989, Lon Popo: A Red Riding Hood Story from China

Reading Rainbow Choice

1985, Moon Tiger

The American Institute of Graphics Arts Award: The Fifty Most Beautiful Books of the Year

1984, The Other Bone

1983, Up A Tree

1980, Bo Rabbit Smart For True

1980, High On A Hill

1979, White Wave

1977, Cricket Boy

1977, The Red Lion

1972, The Girl Who Loved the Wind

1967, The Emperor and the Kite

1962, The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories

Trento (Italy) Graphic Arts Award

1980, The Lion and the Mouse

Child Study Association Books of the Year

1978, The Terrible Nung Gwama

November 21, 2014 – January 15, 2015

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