Niall Young

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember, but have been working professionally for the last two and a half years. I studied art at Derby College of Higher Education, finishing in 1980 and since then have concentrated on developing the technique of Hyper-pointillism – the use of millions of tiny dots of ink placed individually by Rotoring pens to build a realistic, often exaggerated, image. I have exhibited my work at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby Playhouse Gallery, Derby Guildhall, the Wirksworth Festival, Cromford Mill, Derby Arboretum Orangery, the Willington Festival and Buxton Pavilion.

I take inspiration from the work of the Surrealists and Pre-Raphaelites, those who exploit symbolism and allegory within their pictures to make comments about life. I enjoy creating a juxtaposition of images that have something to say, that use a visual vocabulary to explore the issues of life, dreams and fantasies. These can be quite personal to me, but I hope not inaccessible to others, who can overlay their own significance. My aim is to produce work containing recognisable, highly defined, at times exaggerated images, which when seen in combination can be aesthetically pleasing, yet can challenge, disturb or unsettle.


Niall said...

why not visit my blog at:

there you'll see a daily update of whatever picture I'm working on at the moment...see it develop from pencil sketch to the finished piece!

Lynne Lee said...

I'd like to be able to wax lyrical about your art but I haven't the necesssary knowledge or words.

I'm always surprised when I see your work at how much I like it. I'm really not into art, yet I love what you create.

Your profile picture is amazing...

Thanks for letting me in on your world

Lynne Lee

PS here is an active link to your blog

AscenderRisesAbove said...

niall; your hyperpointillism takes stippling to entirely new level. wonderful work - as always

Ps said...

Your work is out standing.Exceptional and very impressive.The fact that they can so easily be mistaken for photographs speaks volumes.
I am a big fan of your work.
Keep it up!

Balu said...
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Balu said...

Dear Niall,

As Ms.Lee says,I'd like to be able to wax lyrical about your art but I haven't the necesssary knowledge or words!

So with all sincerity lemme just say this -- your works are truly incredible!! Hats off to you!!


Guruprasad said...

niall :

i was introduced to your work by a friend. and i must confess that i was amazed at the amount of time and effort that goes into each picture!

i sincerely hope that more and more people get in touch with your work and feel the same thrill that i feel whenever i see it.

more strength to you... and the best of luck!


Sarah said...

I've followed your Art Work for at least 24 years. The developement has been outstanding although you have stuck firm to the method of production. Your most recent of pieces reveal your flair and potential.
I wish you the best of luck for your future endevours and can only hope that more of your work is exibited in the near future.

Alison said...

I've followed your work for so many years now! Every time i see a new piece though i am amazed at how your technique and dedication is developing. Each work is richer and more incredible than the one before! The pictures are so much more than the graphic image - they are full of symbolism and hidden (sometimes more hidden than others!) meaning which makes them rich on many levels. Looking forward to the next quarterof a century of enjoying your work!!

Devil Mood said...

Niall's work enters the realm of the unbelievable. The technique is breath-taking, the careful usage of colour and generation of images that inhabit only our imaginary.
He has the power of translating this fantasy world into paper and we are fortunate to simply watch.

matilda said...

Beautiful. I love the symbolism and surreal elements - long may they multiply! I hope your work can shown to a wider audience...

Tim Young said...

hi, I'll lyrical for you..

art is thought
when the connection
from the
through to the skill
is lost
the ideas dry up.
But you niall
are never
short of thought
and with your skill
the ideas flow
to create
a master piece....

keep it up Niall

mathew said...

I am a recent discover of your work and must say really awesome job..Just happened to get the link to your main blog from Preeti's site..

I think the restrictions of the medium(virtual) doesnt allow to truly appreciate the effort behind it!! The hand and the detailed fingers do indeed give the mystic pyramid effect to most of your works
sort of inspires me to get back into sketching too!! :-)

good luck and best wishes!!

Suma said...

Niall, i wish i could put in words what i feel when i see your exceptional pieces of art...i love visiting your blog and see the daily updates...your dedication and hard work is visble in every picture...

all the best...

Rohit Srivastwa said...

I had been seeing your work since many months. Really appreciate your art.
Is there a way i can learn it too ;)
Aah! i know it comes from within and I might not be able to learn even 1% of your skills even if I try to.

pai said...

Hii Niall....i got ur link from PS's blog. Have also seen ur pics when P visited u wid her famliy. Ur work is really praiseworthy n i really must appreciate ur patience. U r too good in ur work...i wish u all the best in all u do!!

Julie Schuler said...

I have only been following Niall's progress for a little less than a year, but I find each piece to be growing ever more tightly controlled and efficiently composed. Each page is a compelling vista of alchemical surrealism. It's a wonder and a privilege to watch each picture unfold.

nicky ward said...

been looking at your blog - i love 'absurdities' - the colours are fantastic!


Vinoo John said...

As I always said I think your perseverence to bring out the art of perfection in every piece makes you outstanding...

I am waiting for the day I reach your level of self discipline.

Tys on Ice said...

dear niall,

I have been a great follower of your art for a long time now through your dancing for beginners blog...i have my own favourites but all have a special meaning because of having seen it all from conceptualization to completion....

u r an inspiration....

scott davidson said...

As an encouraging mum, if I can say so myself, I had a nice time recently with my two kids to decorate their room in our new house that we just moved into. There were lots of the children's art work, made at home and school, that we happily put on the wall.
Then we spent time together sitting in front of the iMac and looked through the big collection of digital images that had for their customers to select from and have printed as canvas prints. The kids together chose this painting for their room, Ivan Horse by Edmund Dulac,, that we ordered online to have delivered to our new house.