‘Oceans from here’ at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney is currently on view. Featuring the work of JOHN YOUNG and HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT, the exhibition explores the aesthetics of water, and its ebb and flow as a global life force. John Young says of his work (above): "Nature is not only fragile, majestic and sublime in the old Kantian sense - but, as Virilio would have it, the ocean may well be frightful and monstrous in its answering back to the anthropocentric progressiveness of modernity’s folly".

The exhibition continues until 20 October.

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John Young,  Ancient Water I , 2018, Glicee print on archival Museo Silver Rag Paper, 73 x 126.5cm.

John Young, Ancient Water I, 2018, Glicee print on archival Museo Silver Rag Paper, 73 x 126.5cm.


John Young Zerunge's video,  The Burrangong Affray , at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts, Sydney (2018). Photo: ArtsHub.

John Young Zerunge's video, The Burrangong Affray, at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts, Sydney (2018). Photo: ArtsHub.

JOHN YOUNG's new body of work The Burrangong Affray has been reviewed by Arts Hub.

The Burrangong Affray, currently on view at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, is researched and produced in collaboration with artist Jason Phu, offers contemporary mediations in reflection on the nature and legacy of the largest racially motivated riots in Australia's history. 

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JOHN YOUNG is profiled in the latest edition of Art Collector, Issue 84. After more than 70 solo exhibitions worldwide, JOHN YOUNG continues to innovate his artistic practice. Briony Downes surveys his evolution. Portrait by Zan Wimberley.

Fran Clark, co-Director of ARC ONE Gallery says, "He is a visual artist with a deep passion and understanding for the creative worlds around him. Whether visual, sound or thoughts, his knowledge is deep in conversation with human history and our place in these multi-worlds of human understanding."

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John Young, Art Collector, Issue 84, April - Jun, 2018

John Young, Art Collector, Issue 84, April - Jun, 2018


Two of JOHN YOUNG's works are currently on display in the exhibition Infinite Conversations at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The exhibition looks at the creative practice of artists from mainland China and Hong Kong, a number of whom settled in Australia following the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Using diverse modes of production, these artists confront and recount the challenges of making a new home with shifting degrees of grief, poetry and optimism. 


John Young,  Give and Take , Autumn 2001, digital print and oil on canvas, 2 panels, 212 x 132 cm each, 212 x 264 cm overall.

John Young, Give and Take, Autumn 2001, digital print and oil on canvas, 2 panels, 212 x 132 cm each, 212 x 264 cm overall.



JOHN YOUNG will be discussing the collaboration between contemporary art and literature, based on the history of Macau, with VCA scholar Edward Colless and poet Hayley Singer on Thursday 8 March, 6:30pm at Readings, Carlton. 

Young will also be signing his latest publication Macau Days

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On Tuesday 14th of November at 5:30pm JHON YOUNG will be having a conversation with novelist Brian Castro and curator Natalie King to celebrate the launch of Macau Days at MPavillion. Macau Days is a tri-lingual publication, which includes YOUNG's artworks, along with texts by Castro.

For more information, please click here.

Macau Days,  Book cover

Macau Days, Book cover


John Young, Naïve and Sentimental Painting XI, 2016, oil on linen, 203 x 270 cm

John Young, Naïve and Sentimental Painting XI, 2016, oil on linen, 203 x 270 cm

ARC ONE is delighted to present John Young’s None Living Knows, the latest instalment in the artist’s multi-project exploration of the Chinese diaspora in Australia since 1840. Highly regarded in Australia and internationally for his commitment to intellectual rigor and aesthetic finesse, in None Living Knows Young poetically captures a scarcely documented event in Australian history.

During the late nineteenth century, Chinese immigrants and miners walked from Darwin through the vast Northern Territory to Croydon, and as far as Cairns on Queensland’s east coast, in search of gold. Intermittent and often alone, the walkers trailed a perilous and unmapped two thousand kilometres that resulted in many deaths. ‘None Living Knows’ – words drawn from a W. B. Yeats poem – echo this forgotten narrative.

Young meditates on this walk with a series of abstract paintings and his signature tableau of chalkboard drawings and digital prints. Large-scale and meticulously painted canvases evoke figures dissolved in the landscape through molten veils of light and colour. Tracing the mental and spiritual passage of culturally displaced men in pursuit of a new life, Young takes inspiration from early modernists such as Hilma af Klimt, whose work explored theosophy and the mystic through abstraction. The works in this exhibition are beautiful and melancholic responses to the psychological endurance, feeling of hope, and quest for spiritual transcendence Young envisions in these men.


Cyrus Tang,  All our Yesterday , 2016, Paper and Porcelain

Cyrus Tang, All our Yesterday, 2016, Paper and Porcelain

CYRUS TANG will be exhibiting a new body of work at Nicholas Projects next month. The exhibition called All Our Yesterday opens on Friday 11 November, from 6 - 8pm with words by JOHN YOUNG, and it will run until 26 November.



John Young,  Guan Liang I,  2016, oil on linen, 102 x 84cm. 

John Young, Guan Liang I, 2016, oil on linen, 102 x 84cm. 

JOHN YOUNG is exhibiting three series of works; Storm Resurrection, Naive and Sentimental Paintings and Veil in Shanghai. The solo exhibition, Storm Resurrection, opened at Pearl Lam Galleries on 2 July and will continue through to 21 August 2016. 

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JOHN YOUNG's work is included in the international group exhibition, The Repetition of the Good. The Repetition of the Bad, at the New Synagogue in Berlin, Germany. Selected photographs and drawings from Bonhoeffer in Harlem, Safety Zone as well as a new group of works based on Oskar Schindler will be on display. The exhibition is set against the backdrop of the darkest chapter of German history, addressing the profound loss suffered by the Jewish community of Berlin under the National Socialist dictatorship.

Exhibition runs from 7 July - 4 September 2016. 

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Image: John Young, from the  Safety Zone  series, 2010. 

Image: John Young, from the Safety Zone series, 2010. 


Congratulations to JOHN YOUNG on the acquisition of his work, Moment III, into the collection of the UQ Art Museum.  

To find out more about this work visit the website here

John Young,  Moment III , oil on Belgian linen, 76.2 x 103.4cm. 

John Young, Moment III, oil on Belgian linen, 76.2 x 103.4cm. 


ARC ONE Gallery will be exhibiting at this year's Sydney Contemporary, at Carriageworks. You can find us at STAND B03 from 10 - 13 September 2015.


For more information please contact ARC ONE Gallery on +613 9650 0589 or email  

And, for more information regarding Sydney Contemporary, visit their website.


John Young,   LKM (Gold)   , 2015  , 156 x 126 cm  , Oil on linen

John Young, LKM (Gold), 2015, 156 x 126 cm, Oil on linen

JOHN YOUNG is presenting at a conference in Cairns from 28 June - 7 July. The Australasian conference is on overseas Chinese history and heritage.  

"The main theme of Dragon Tails 2015 will be the historical experiences and heritage of Chinese in the tropics, both in Australasia and globally. The program will also include other topics that discuss the histories and heritage of Chinese people, their descendants and their associates, in other parts of Australasia and the world."

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John Young,  LKM (Blue),  2015, oil on linen, 156 x 126 cm

John Young, LKM (Blue), 2015, oil on linen, 156 x 126 cm

Art Guide Australia features a review on JOHN YOUNG’s exhibition 1866: The Worlds of Lowe Kong Meng and Jong Ah Siug at ARC ONE. Through the display of paintings, tapestries and chalk drawings, the exhibition reflects the stories of the dissimilar lives of two Chinese men, Lowe Kong Meng and Jong Ah Suig, who flocked to Australia in the mid 1800’s to seek their fortunes. Young became interested in these two men’s lives through his research in the unique histories of Chinese diaspora in Australia. Lowe Kong Meng was a wealthy merchant and Jong Ah Siug an illiterate miner who was committed to an asylum for 33 years until his death. The research of this history was carried out over a two-year project from Young’s Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship received in 2012.

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3 February - 7 March 2015

Pat Brassington,  Mind Game , 2013, pigment print, 60 x 46 cm

Pat Brassington, Mind Game, 2013, pigment print, 60 x 46 cm

Pat Brassington | Justine Khamara | Janet Laurence | Robert Owen | Julie Rrap | Anne Scott Wilson | John Young

Curated by Laura Lantieri

Bringing together seven artists from the eminent ARC ONE stable, Mind Shadows is a curated exhibition exploring themes of human consciousness. From our waking hours, to the enigma of dreams, and the deep sleep that houses our subconscious, Mind Shadows examines the ways in which these states can inform and infiltrate creative enquiry. Whether through process, subject or aesthetic, the works presented engage with consciousness through notions of memory, automatism, reality and hyperreality, and conveying the internal and the unknown.

Featuring new and key works by Pat Brassington, Justine Khamara, Janet Laurence, Robert Owen, Julie Rrap, Anne Scott Wilson and John Young, the exhibition spans photo media, sculpture, painting and video, and draws upon the somatic and the cognitive in proposing the body as the seat of consciousness as well as the mind.

For Mind Shadows, these artists inhabit liminal spaces; their works often alluding to the periphery – or shadows – of awareness and open to fluid interpretation and perceptual doubt.


John Young  Flower Market (Nanjing 1936) #2 , 2010, digital print and oil on Belgian linen, 240 x 331 cm

John Young Flower Market (Nanjing 1936) #2, 2010, digital print and oil on Belgian linen, 240 x 331 cm

Saftey Zone: A John Young Project is soon to be exhibited at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), in Ballarat. JOHN YOUNG’s body of works pays tribute to the 1937 event in China, where the lives of 300,000 Chinese citizens were saved by foreigners and sheltered in the city’s internal Safety Zone. The exhibition is on from 25 September – 2 November 2014.

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John Young,  Repose  (Autumn 2012), oil on linen, 190x144cm.

John Young, Repose (Autumn 2012), oil on linen, 190x144cm.

ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to announce our representation of respected and dynamic artist, John Young. Working from a bi-cultural viewpoint, with a focus on trans-cultural humanitarianism, Young has created many series of significant paintings over the last three decades of his practice.

Young has recently been awarded the prestigious Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship for established artists to research the history of the Chinese Diaspora in Australia. The research will inform exhibitions to be created nationally and internationally in the years to come.

Concurrently, Young is working on a large scale monument for the City of Ballarat. This public monument will be the first work in the region to acknowledge the historic contribution of the Chinese people to the area, especially during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

ARC ONE will be showcasing John Young’s work in our Viewing Room from mid November to mid December, commencing with a celebratory reception.

For more information on John and his practice, visit his artist profile