Ben Young was born and raised in southern California. He started drawing when he was two years old and has always known he wanted to pursue a career in art. At nineteen he found Watts Atelier of the Arts, which taught him the fundamentals of drawing and painting. After three years as a student Ben was asked to teach there. His original goal was to be an Illustrator but soon learned that fine art was a better fit for him.
Ben paints a variety of subjects from landscapes and animals to the figure. Ben is influenced by the figurative artists of nineteenth century Europe and Russia and illustrators from the “Golden Age of American Illustration” like Howard Pyle, Dean Cornwell and Norman Rockwell.
2019 "Barn Show" One man show in Vista
2018 Paint San Clemente, two Honorable mention awards
2017 "Summer Collection" One man show in Cardiff
2016 Paint San Clemente
2015 "The Blue Azul Collection" One man show in San Diego
2015 Living Room Gallery, Idylwild CA.
2014 "Plein Air Salon" 3rd Annual Competition
2014 "Eye of the Artist Show", Art Alliance of Idyllwild, 2nd place award
2014 "California’s Heritage: The Mission Trail" California Art Club, Altadena Town & Country Club, Altadena, CA
2013 The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, En Plein-Air an International Art Competition
2013 "Watts Atelier Holiday Show" 2013
2012 Paint San Clemente, 5th place in Quick Draw event
2012 San Diego County Fair Exhibition, Honorable mention award
2012 Salon International
2012 "Art Between the Lines" California Art Club , Santa Monica, CA
2011 Artist magazine competition finalist
2009 Berringer Gallery- "Instructor show"
2008 Willow Gallery, Scottsdale Az
RayMar 1st Annual Fine Art Competition Finalist (2005-2006)