Multi-talented Wahroonga resident Herbert Young has been creating art for the better part of 85 years.
Photographs and paintings by the photographer, painter, jazz pianist, graphic designer, former advertising artist and agency director will go on show from this Friday.
Born in Sydney in 1927, Mr Young has led a colourful life.
“I started off in commercial graphic art … I was working in publishing, in newspapers, and also as a cartoonist, as comic strip illustrator, and then I worked as a creative director in advertising, and eventually finished as owning my own advertising agency,” he said.
He has a natural talent for visual art, developed by his work as a junior advertising artist at a furniture store in the city.
This nurtured his skills as a painter, and also led him into a career in advertising.
“[I then worked] in magazine publishing, and then with The Sun newspaper, and I branched out as a creative director,” he said.
“Towards the latter part I got into photography because I didn’t have time to do art … I thought photography was the quickest way to get expression through.”
Mr Young’s photographic talent was quickly noticed.
“I was able to become part of the [Australian Institute of Professional Photography] and the first time I ever showed there I won awards,” he said.
He was twice the recipient of the Hornsby Art Prize for painting.
“I won it for two years … quite accidental I think,” he said.
Music is another creative pursuit for Mr Young.
While he was a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he found jazz music, not classical, to be his calling.
“I was the worst student of classical music… but whenever there’s a party, I was the one they always asked to play at parties. They couldn’t do that.”
The exhibition of Herbert Young’s artwork will run for three months at the Thomas and Rosetta Agst Aged Care Service, Pacific Highway, Wahroonga.
This article was written for the Hornsby Advocate newspaper as part of my internship in early May 2012. It was not published by the paper.
This post was made on 18 May 2012.