The Window Sill

(b. 1957)

Size: 16 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches (42.5 x 52.7 cm)
Medium: Watercolor
Signed lower right: SS Young
Why We Love It

It is unusual for us to include the work of a living artist, but this watercolor compelled us to bend the rules. The picture combines strong, contemporary compositional structure, with a Vermeer–like use of contrasting light and dark tones. The simplicity of the scene, executed with elegance and precision, reminds us of the purity of a Chopin prelude.

The Value

Stephen Scott Young has garnered much praise for his mastery of watercolor, a most difficult medium. His paintings of young African American children, of nudes and still lifes all share the quality of being un-staged and honest. His fan base is large and growing. We believe that his works will belong in great collections from this time forward.