In the spring of 2012 The Fine Art Society announced two concurrent exhibitions of new work by Emily Young, widely regarded as one of the finest living carvers working today.
Six gigantic stone heads stood keeping watch over Mayfair's Berkeley Square all spring. With some measuring two metres tall, and weighing as much as four tonnes, they represent the largest and most complex project of Young's career to date.
In addition, the group of sculptures exhibited in the The Fine Art Society’s Contemporary gallery show the sheer diversity of Young’s production – her different approaches to sculpting, and her fascination in the seemingly limitless variety in the stones she works with.
The works displayed in these two exhibitions show an artist at the height of her creative powers. Her dedication to the age-old craft of stone sculpture, so unusual in the world of contemporary art, is exquisitely demonstrated by the boldness of her recent carving, and synthesized with the creative freedom the artist now demonstrates.