Earlier this year I reached out to Josh to set up a time to hear more about his story and how his beautiful work came about. I met Josh through my good friend Reneh Valdez who is in the design industry in the Chicago area. I purchased one of his stunning pieces and was truly amazed!
After first meeting Josh I wanted to hear more and I was so glad he wanted to share his story...
When you first walk into his beautiful Gold Coast apartment - you can tell he puts his heart + soul into not only his space but in his work! We sat down and chatted about what truly inspires him personally + professionally.
He always had a great love for art, even at a very young age. The great thing about this is that he had full support from his parents along his journey! They even created a space for him to fully engage in his art. As time went on Josh travelled the world and lived in some amazing places. His art inspiration was fueled by doing this + it helped take his work to a whole other level. Not to mention he met his loving partner now husband Ignacio along the way.
Josh is inspired by many things and architecture is one of them! Just outside his main window in the apartment - is a view of old historical buildings. He loves to look out to this beautiful view + take in all the inspiration. Beauty + history also plays a factor.
Josh created some amazing pieces in their beautiful apartment but was ready to have his own creative space to work in. Luckily he did not have to go far for this to happen! Just a few floors above a beautiful space opened and it was the perfect fit for him.
Talk about an amazing space to create... Once you walk in it is full of beautiful natural light, vintage books of art, beautifully warn art tools to create with + a space that gives him life!
I asked Josh to sit in his space and create a few pieces while I photographed him. It was wonderful to watch how each movement of his paint brush created a different look + feeling. To back track a little from our conversation, I asked what type of music does he like to listen to while he creates. He mentioned a few classical artists, etc... but Lady Gaga definitely stood out! So I made sure to have him play a few of her songs while he created. Of course I had to ask why Lady Gaga? He mentioned a few different things but one I thought was very interesting... "She became her own artist and her own person." She also never gave up on her dream!
Talk about never giving up on your dream... Josh + his husband sat down almost a year ago and had the conversation to take his dream and put it into full action!
They took a 10 year goal and turned it around in less than 9 months!!! Talk about Inspiring.
Since I last spoke with Josh Young he has been featured in the September 2018 Issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
On October 11th Jonathan Adler Presents An Evening With Josh Young Design House will take place and he has been featured in many other articles + interviews about his amazing work!
What an amazing accomplishment to take a 10 year personal goal and turn it around in less than 1 year! I am beyond proud of this amazing artist and he truly has inspired me.
I felt this week was the perfect time to share a little bit about his story, especially since there will be the release of "A Star Is Born..."
Never give up on your dreams + lets "Inspire One Another!"