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Vancouver-based artist Andrew Young recently unveiled his latest work in a collaborative show entitled No More Sugar at the Ayden Gallery in Vancouver. The talented artist approaches his subjects and canvas with the mind of an auteur. His subdued yet dramatic cinematic lighting elevates his models to a level of quiet immortality. They are life-like, yet, somehow beyond the physical world. We are given the impression of knowing these people well. They wear their hearts on their sleeve, yet as with most figures in paintings, they conceal more than they tell.

Young experiments with the energy of movement, adjusting angles and light with the virtuosity of a skilled animator. The backdrop of his paintings are punctuated with bold washes of colors to illustrate the hectic pace of his west coast home. He unflinchingly recreates the lackluster settings many young people find themselves in when living in an expensive urban center, but he does not seem melancholy, quite the contrary. Young is proud of the culture he belongs to and celebrates its minute details with a good deal of love. Without a doubt, Andrew young is about to explode, so get your hands on one of his pieces before his prices start to skyrocket.