Al Young Studios
Primary ongoing fine art projects (collections)
Original artworks produced by the artists of Al Young Studios are part of themed collections because the Studios is organized after the pattern of the Renaissance workshops of the old masters.
The artists take the long view of their work as that of a lifetime journey toward mastery of artistic expression through selected techniques, reaching as far back as the 16th century, while drawing upon Modern and Post-Modern materials, subject matter, and theoretical approaches. Artists work as peers in an intensely creative community in which each artist pursues his or her own work as part of the group's philosophy.
Subject-matter research; fabrication and acquisition of such things as costuming, props, accessories; use of models; framing and other in-house services support the work of the Studios. Works are also produced within a strong tradition of curatorial documentation (see The BenHaven Archives, below).
These are the collections. Dates derive from the earliest work in the collection.
- Pioneers of the American West (since 1987)
- The Book of Mormon Collection (since 2006)
- The High Valley Collection (since 1987)
- The Messiah Collection (since 2003)
- The Women of the Bible Collection (since 2003)
While each artist is skilled in various media, Studios products consist of these primary media (in alphabetical order).
- Pen and ink
Primary publications (in alphabetical order)
The Studios only publishes and sells works produced by the artists, composers, and writers of Al Young Studios. The primary themes of these works are: beauty, faith, family, and home.
- Fine art calendar (annually since 2006)
- Fine art (open edition) prints
- Lithographs (currently the only limited-edition originals, since 1997)
- My Father's Captivity (book, 2009)
- Sheet music (original arrangements and compositions, since 2010)
- The Papers of Seymore Wainscott (serialization and novellas since 2005)
- The Storybook Home Journal (bi-monthly since 2000)
Some of the music produced by the artists of Al Young Studios is published as:
- Music albums produced under the Inspired label (since 2004)
- YouTube videos (since 2011)
Online art gallery and bookstore
The Studios markets and sells its products direct to the public. The commercial site at www.alyoung.com (since 1998) is its sole retail outlet.
BenHaven (the studio itself, since 1992) is also available—by appointment only—for viewing original artworks. Contact information appears at alyoung.com.
Because of Al's ongoing leukemia (CLL), strict compliance with scheduling and health-related requirements is necessary. We appreciate your consideration.
The family archive is nearly a century old, and serves a growing community of interest in family heritage. However, with publication of My Father's Captivity, an online presence for the Archives was established, focusing primarily on Japanese POWs and providing--as a public service--help in the ongoing effort of families, of former Japanese POWs, to identify and learn more about their heritage.
In 2009, Al Young Studios moved the online portal for The BenHaven Archives to www.benhavenarchives.org and redesigned the site. In time, the history of the artworks and the Studios itself will be added to the Archives portal.
Since 2010, the Studios has also maintained a suite of blogs whose content spills over from the Studios research and creative projects. These materials are provided free of charge.
The blog for The Storybook Home Journal, for example, features material for which the space is unavailable in issues of the Journal. Movie reviews on the blog are a carry-over from years when such reviews were part of the Studios commercial Internet site.
The blog featuring Studio Practice & Technique serves interested hobbyists as well as professional artists, enabling the artists of the Studios to share their experience, insight, and encouragement.
Each of the other blogs provides similar content to interest communities surrounding the Studios products and projects.
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