Emily Young has been hailed as “Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor” by the Financial Times. She was born in London into a family of writers, artists, politicians and adventurers. Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, a colleague of Auguste Rodin and widow of the explorer Captain Scott of the Antarctic.
As a young woman, Emily Young worked primarily as a painter, having studied briefly at Chelsea School of Art and at Central Saint Martins in London, along with Stonybrook University in New York. She left London in the late 60s and spent the next years travelling through the USA, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America and China.
Young was already drawn to the manifestation of time, place and humanity in stones she discovered during her global travels. In the ruins of Ancient Rome, the old stone circles of Stonehenge and the remains of lost civilisations throughout Greece, Turkey, Cambodia, India and Afghanistan. Perhaps it was fate then that Emily Young first discovered stone as a medium when a friend left behind carving tools and a marble slab at her house in the 80s.