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Young artist dreams of future success

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Young and his painting, ‘Miss Lou’, in the background.
Ricardo Young shows off one of his drawings on the final day of the Mandeville Art Fair held at the St John’s Basco Boy’s Home in Hatfield, Manchester, recently.
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GROVE PLACE, Manchester:

Having been inspired by many local artists, such as Barrington Watson, Lennox Coke and Fitzroy Semester, 31-year-old Ricardo Young has been entering his paintings in the Mandeville Art Fair competition for the past five years.

In those years, he entered pieces called 'Old Country House', 'Details of Papa' and 'Bob Marley'. But, despite his many attempts, he never got any of his pieces sold. Nevertheless, Young, who is persistent by nature, worked tirelessly to better his craft, and after five years, he was able to sell some of his pieces.

His passion for art began at the tender age of 15, while attending the Mile Gully Primary and Junior High School. Young recalled spending much of his leisure time drawing flowers, buildings and especially people, including family members and friends.

"I just kept on practising. The first time I came to the show I didn't get any of my work sold, but I have got one sold this year and I am grateful for that, and that is due to the fact that I have always been practising, so my advice for young people is to keep on practising because the more you practise is the better you become."

Young, who currently works as a security guard with the Guardsman Group in Mandeville, describes himself as a very creative and innovative individual who loves life, God, trying new things and making art to satisfy his customers.

"He is grateful that through hard work, determination and numerous days of practice, he was able to get his first painting, 'Miss Lou', sold at the recently concluded Mandeville Art Fair. This, he said, leaves him with a sense of motivation for better things to come," said his publicist, Tanique Smith.

With the hope that five years from now he will become one of the best-known artists locally, Young is keen on taking his small successes in stride.

"Currently, I have a number of pieces that I'm going to work on, so right now it's all about practising to come back better for next year, and by then, hopefully, I'll be looking to sell lots more artwork to Jamaicans and visitors to the island."