The Gates of Dawn, depicts a broken hearted landscape, scattered with the abandoned detritus of everyday life which forms part of Young’s own iconography that has both obvious and hidden meanings that are open to the viewer’s own interpretation. The very real decline of the iconic cypress trees, that can be observed right across rural Victoria, are a tangible expression of the pressure our environment is under, due to the stress of drought, these guardians of our Gippsland landscape are succumbing to disease. Young’s paintings alert us to a need to take responsibility or what was once familiar will be changed forever.
William (Bill) has lived and worked in Gippsland for over 25 years and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Cowwarr Art Space. He has had a long career as an art lecturer both at University and TAFE levels. His work is in many national collections, most notably: The National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Art Gallery of South Australia, Latrobe Regional Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery Sale, as well as numerous private collections.