Born 1956, Hong Kong

John Alexander Young Zerunge is a Hong Kong-born Australian artist. During the time of The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China, he was sent to Australia to complete his education. In the 1970s, he read philosophy at The University of Sydney, later attending and lecturing at Sydney College of the Arts.

John Young began his exhibiting career with a solo exhibition, ‘The Second Mirage’, comprising a work shown for one minute on the door of a hut in the small fishing village of Rosroe, Connemara, Ireland (1982). On his return from Europe, he was a founding member of the artists’ group, Various Artists Ltd. Since that time, he has worked on many series of works, in particular, the ‘Silhouette’ series (1985–89), the ‘Polychrome’ series (1989–93) and, of late, the ‘Double Ground’ (1992–present) and ‘Square Painting’ series (1995–present). This later work revolves around such issues as frameworks of representation, mood states, certainty, the plight of Asians in the diaspora, and images in and memories of cultural tourism.

Important groups exhibitions include ‘Antipodean Currents’, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1995). His major survey exhibition, ‘Orient/Occident: A Survey of Works by John Young, 1978–2005’, was held at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne, in 2005–06.

John Young has completed work for numerous prestigious commissions including a large tapestry for the new Nanjing Library, gifted from the Victorian Government to the Chinese province of Jiangsu (2004–05); the Boardroom, AXA, Melbourne (2003); the foyer, AMP Building, Sydney (2000); and commissions in Hong Kong, including a permanent installation, over five levels, at North Point Interchange, Mass Transit Railway, and Credit Suisse, First Boston (both 2001). His work is held in international collections, including the United Nations Collection, New York, as well as all major public collections and many corporate and private collections in Australia.

1967 Arrived in Australia
1974-77 B. Arts (Philosophy), University of Sydney
Thesis ('Wittgenstein, Aesthetics and Epistemology') 1977
1978-80 B. Arts (Painting and Sculpture), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Syd.
1983-94 Lectured in Painting, Sydney College of the Arts
Lecturer, Post Graduate Painting Studio, Sydney College of the Arts
1997-8 President, Asian Australian Artists' Association
Currently lives in Melbourne

2007 Naïve and Sentimental Paintings, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Detours and Variations, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Open World, Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Nanjing Library, Jiangsu, China
2005 Orient/Occident: A survey of works by John Young, 1978–2005, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2004 The Persian Paintings, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Three Propositions, Prüsss & Ochs Gallery, Berlin
The Void Path, John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
2002 unstable cultures, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2001 Pines Edge, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Awful Backlash, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Scholar Rocks, Nymphs and Paintblotches, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Works for a Considered Tourist, John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
Arrivals, Sherman Galleries, Hargrave, Sydney.
1999 The Hermit Paintings, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Sequences from Heaven, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Matteo Ricci in Goa, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1997 Works on Paper, Za Moca Foundation, Tokyo
1996 Paradigm Fountain, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Welcome to the Villa, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
1995 The Bridge, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
1994 Diaspora Asia, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1993 Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
1992 Pony My Neighbor, City Gallery, Melbourne
Models and Animals in Camera,Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
1991 Bad Faith Realism, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
1990 Polychrome Paintings, City Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Chameleon Contemporary Artspace, Hobart
Ordinary Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
1988 Light of Day, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
3 States, Yuill/Crowley Gallery Sydney
3 States, City Gallery, Melbourne
1987 After Virtue, United Artists Gallery, Melbourne
Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
1986 Winter Palace, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
1985 The Grey Light', Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
1984 Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1983 Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
1982 Rosroe, Connemara, Ireland

2005 The 4th Korea International Art Fair, COEX Indian Hall, Seoul
2004 Berlin Store Project, Kiki Bassenge, Berlin
A Real China Club Night, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin Bridges: Contemporary Art from China, Siemans Forum Bayern, Munich
Chinese: Artists between tradition and present, Provincia Di Potenza, Polo della Cultura, Italy
2003 Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Art Cologne, International Messe Für Moderne Kunst, 29 October – 2 November; Prüss & Ocho Gallery, Berlin, Shanghai
2002 Site + Sight, Earl Lu Gallery, LaSalle-Sia College of the Arts, Singapore
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, 18 January – 9 February
2001 No Muttering, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Collefe of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 4 October – 3 November
A studio in Paris: Australian artists at the Cité Internationale des Arts 1967-2000, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 5 May – 1 July
School of Botany Foundation, Herring Island, Melbourne
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, 28 Feb – 17 March
2000 The Rose Crossing, catalogue and curated by William Wright, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Brisbane; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth; Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
An Affair to Remember, Australian High Commission, Singapore
Restricting the Palette: Colour and Land, Canberra School of Art Gallery, catalogue and curator John Gage, Canberra
1999–2000 The Rose Crossing, Brisbane City Art Gallery; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth; S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1999 Mike Parr, Bernard Sachs, Imants Tillers, John Young, Orange Regional Gallery
Identity Art, Australian Museums Touring Exhibition, Olympic Travelling Exhibition, catalogue and curator Colin Simpson, Australian Museum, and Embassies in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore
Works on Paper, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
We Are Australian, George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, catalogue and curator David Thomas, Melbourne, touring Australia
1998 Remanence, Old Melbourne Magistrate's Court, catalogue and curator Maudie Palmer, Melbourne Festival
Transit, Art Gallery of NSW, curator Tony Bond, Sydney Festival
Australian Contemporary International Art Fair, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Twenty First Birthday Alumni Show, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
1997 Tokyo International Art Fair, Toyko Exhibition Hall
Works on Paper, Za Moca Foundation, Toyko
The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Anon, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Geometric Painting in Australia 1941–1997, catalogue and curator David Pesters, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
1996 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney and the Newcastle Regional Art Museum, NSW
Vicente Butron, Limited Action Paintings, Limited Actions performed by John Young together with Melissa Chiu and Felicia Kan (other limited actions performed by Adam Cullen, Tim Johnson and Tony Schwensen), CBD Gallery, Sydney
Systems End, Queensland Art Gallery, curators William Wright and Takeshi Kanazawa, .travelling to Oxy Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone; Dong An Gallery, Seoul; Kaoshung Museum of Art, Kaoshiung.
Spirit and Place: A Century of Art in Australia, curators Nick Waterlow and Ross Mellick, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Above and Beyond, curators Clare Williamson and Michael Snelling, exhibition catalogue, CAC Adelaide, Canberra, ACCA, Melbourne, IMA, Brisbane, Darwin, Townsville, Sydney
1995 Perspecta '95, catalogue and curator Judy Annear, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Double Vision, catalogue and curator Ben Curnow, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Fringe Gallery, Hong Kong, catalogue and curator James Wong
NICAF, Yokohama Art Festival, Sherman Galleries, Japan
Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Imaginary Pictures, curator John Young, Kinesis Gallery, Sydney, exhibition catalogue
Transcultural Painting, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Asialink
Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australia–China Council, exhibition catalogue Frances Lindsay, Merryn Gates, Museum of Art Gallery, The University of Melbourne
Antipodean Currents, catalogue and curator Julia Robinson; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, curator Melissa Chiu; Artspace, Sydney
Sherman Galleries Xmas Show
1994 Transcultural Painting, Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Asialink, Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australia–China Council, exhibition catalogue Frances Lindsay, Merryn Gates and Alison Carroll, toured Taichung Museum of Art, Taiwan
Tamsui Centre for Arts and Culture, Tamsui, Taipei, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong, Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, PRC; Song He Tan Gallery, Beijing, PRC
Confess and Conceal, 11 insights from contemporary Australia and South East Asia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, exhibition catalogue Margaret Moore and Michael O'Ferrall. Metropolitan Museum of Manila, The Philippines, Australia High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Gedung Pameran Seni Rupa, Gambir Exhibition Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia
Works from the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Antipodean Currents, catalogue and curator Julia Robinson, toured The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC
The Grid, The Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne, catalogue and curator Rachel Kent
Critiques, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
1993 Confess and Conceal, 11 insights from contemporary Australia and South East Asia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, exhibition catalogue Margaret Moore and Michael O'Ferrall, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore; National Gallery of Thailand, Bangkok
John Young, Dale Frank and Imants Tillers, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Colour, curator ohn Nixon, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Love,Love,Love, curator Victoria Lobregat, 501 Overground Gallery, Sydney
Art Asia, Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
1992 Works from the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Courts and Jesters,Arts Multiplicata,Sydney, curator Jeff Gibson
The Nude 1992, Heide Park and Art Gallery, catalogue Anna Clabburn and Maudie Palmer, Melbourne
1991 Works by Artists of the Gallery, Yuill Crowley, Sydney
Perspecta '91, satellite show 'Steam', exhibition catalogue, Vicente Butron and Janet Shanks, Sydney
The Hypothesis of Imitation, curator Rex Butler, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Art Archive, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Transformations, curator Sue Cramer, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Models, curator John Nixon, ARS Multiplicata, Sydney
1990 ARCO 90, Madrid, Spain
Abstraction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, exhibition catalogue, Victoria Lynn
Contemporary Art Acquisitions of the '80s, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Robert Lindsay
Art from Australia: Eight Contemporary Views, Australian Exhibition Touring Agency, ASEAN Capitals, exhibition catalogue Alison Carroll
Bangkok Museum of Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Museum of Art
Art from Australia: Eight Contemporary Views, curator Alison Carroll
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore
1989 Surface Paradise, Art Gallery of New South Wales, curator Terence Maloon
Colour Blind, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Cosmos, City Gallery, exhibition catalogue, John Nixon
Victory over the Sun, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
The New Naturalism, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
In Full Sunlight, aglassofwater (gallery), Brisbane; 10,000 feet, Melbourne; First Draft (WEST), Sydney
Collaborations, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
ICI Contemporary Art Collection, Australian touring exhibition, catalogue Bill Wright and Anthony Bond
1988 Moët & Chandon, Australian touring exhibition
The Figure, The Andrew and Lilian Pedersen Memorial Prize for Drawing, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; catalogue Clare Williamson,
RACV, Melbourne
History, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Catalogue, Sue Cramer.
Nine by Five, The Centre, Brisbane
Re-Animator, Artspace, Sydney, Catalogue, Catharine Lumby.
The XXIV Olympiad of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art,Seoul, Exh.cat., Pierre Restany, Thomas Messer, Ante Glibota
Australian Art Post 1960, Deutscher Fine Arts, Gertrude St. Melbourne
1987 The Repeated Image, Brisbane Civic Art Gallery and Museum, Brisbane
Moët and Chandon Touing Exhibition, around Australia
The Shadow of Reason', Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Catalogue, Judy Annear
In Print, Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Exh.cat., Kay Campbell & Katherine Moline
Australian and International Acquisitions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Young Australians, Murdoch Court, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Exh. cat. Robert Lindsay
Selected Contemporary Drawings, Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne ;Exh. cat.Maudie Palmer
1986 Falls the Shadow, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne.
Pharmakon, Yuill/Crowley, Sydney
The Hand and the Photograph, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Exh. cat. Martyn Jolly
Various Artists Ltd, Artspace, Sydney
1985 Various Artists Ltd., Sydney
Visual Tension, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Catalogue, Ashley Crawford.
Making Appearances, Charlottenburg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark, Catalogue, Gary Sangster
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; catalogue, Michael Chan.
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Exh.cat, Judy Annear,Anthony Bond
Design for Living, Artspace, Sydney; Catalogue,Edward Colless.
1984 Drawing Sex, Yuill/Crowley, Sydney
University of Tasmania Gallery, Hobart
Off Colour, Yuill/Crowley, Sydney
Show No Cowardness, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Catalogue, Peter Cripps
1983 A Local Mirage (4), Artspace, Sydney
A Local Mirage (5)', Artists' Books, Artspace, Sydney
The Life of Energies, Artspace, Sydney; Catalogue, John Young
The Cinimera, n-space, Sydney
1982 Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Exh.cat. Judy Annear
Temple of the Winds,n-space, Melboure
A Local Mirage (2), Art/Concept/Research, Cite Internationale des Arts, Salon, Paris, with Martin Boscott
A Local Mirage (3), Zona Gallery, Florence, Italy
1981 Frame of Reference (travelling version), A.G.D.C. around Australia
Art/Empire/Industry Gallery, Sydney
A Local Mirage, n-space, Melbourne
1980 Experimental Art Foundation, Curator: Noel Sheridan, Adelaide
Frame of Reference, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Exhibition catalogue, Judy Annear
1979 Institute of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2006 Goldman Sachs + JB Were, Melbourne
2005 Open World, Victorian State Government gift to Jiangsu Province, China (produced with the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for Nanjing Library, Nanjing)
Trinity College, The University of Melbourne
2003 Boardroom, AXA, Melbourne
2002 Windsor Gateway and Chapel Street Enhancement Project, Masterplan, Melbourne
2001 Interchange, Mass Transit Railway, Hong Kong
Credit Suisse First Boston, Hong Kong
ANZ Bank, Angel Place Building, Sydney
2000 Wallpiece, Subway at Azubu, Australian Embassy Tokyo, Tokyo
1999 Westin Hotel Atrium, Melbourne
1998 Atrium, The New Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne
1997 Ballroom, Wakayama Hotel, Wakayama
Grand Dining Room, Cypress Lakes Resort, New South Wales
1996 Boardroom, Coopers and Lybrand, Melbourne

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
United Nations Collection, New York
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Victor and Loti Smorgan Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
Hamilton Regional Gallery, Victoria
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne
TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
Griffith University, Brisbane
Monash University, Melbourne
University of Queensland, Brisbane
Allen, Allen & Hemsley Collection of Art, Sydney
Artbank, Australia
Besen Collection, Melbourne
BHP Billiton Collection, Sydney
Baillieu Myer Collection of Australian Art of the 80s, Melbourne
Gandel Collection, Melbourne
Hewlett Packard Corporation Collection, Melbourne
ICI Collection, Sydney
Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney
Shell Collection, Sydney
State Bank Collection, Sydney
Wesfarmers Collection, Perth
Westin Hotel Collection, Melbourne
Bank of Chicago, Chicago

Private collections worldwide

Judy ANNEAR, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction catalogue, 1981
Terry BLAKE, 'Notes on Post-Visual Photography', Frame of Reference catalogue, 1981
Terry BLAKE, 'Alchemy: Neglected Science', Art/Empire/Industry catalogue, 1982
Terence MALOON, 'Anarchy, satire, and '80s camp', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, September 10, 1983
Imants TILLERS, 'Fear of Texture', Art & Text, # 10, Melbourne, 1983
Imants TILLERS, 'On the Future of Our Art', Art Association of Australia Conference, Melbourne, 1983
Lisa COLLINGWOOD, 'Magnetic Seizure', On the Beach, # 6, Sydney, 1984
Kathleen DONE and Elizabeth SMITH, 'A-per-a-tif/A play of Sixteen Voices', ZX, # 10, Sydney, 1984
Sarah FOLLENT, ' Exhibition reveals a concern for the 'decay of imagery', The Australian, September 5, 1984
Colin HOOD, 'For the Life of Energies', On the Beach, # 4, Sydney, 1984
Gertrude LANGER, 'An exhibition that lingers in the mind', The Courier Mail, Brisbane, August 15, 1984
Vogue, # 7, July, 1984
Vogue, # 8, August, 1984
Martin BOSCOTT, 'The Desire for Declarative Paintings', Arts National, Brisbane, May 2, 1985
Richard DUNN, Reply to ‘Design for Living’, On the Beach, 1985
Peter HAMILTON, 'John Young: The Grey Light', Art Network, Sydney, 1985
John MACDONALD, 'Formality with whimsical feel', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, October 11, 1985
Robert ROONEY, The Weekend Australian, March 23, 1985
Vogue Living, # 2, March, 1985
Gary CATALANO, 'Underlining the volatility of artistic fashion', Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, February 16, 1986
Terence MALOON, 'Essences for the living dead', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, June 6, 1986
Terence MALOON, 'Winter Palace', Yuill/Crowley, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, July 19, 1986
Robert ROONEY, 'Shadows and Romanticism herald the new season', The Weekend Australian, February 22, 1986
Art and Australia, March 24, 1987
John BUCKLEY, Interviewed by Ashley CRAWFORD, 'The Loti and Victor Smorgan Collection of Contemporary Australian Art', Art and Australia, Sydney, April 24, 1987
Rex BUTLER & Keith BROADFOOT, 'The Art of the Third Man', Objective Gesture, John Young, Selected Works 1986-1987, Sydney, 1987
Terry SMITH, 'A revival of painting gets stuck in style', Times on Sunday, Sydney, November 1, 1987
Phyllis WOOLCOCK, 'Young in double billing', The Courier Mail, Brisbane, November 17, 1987
Christopher ALLEN, 'Junk art: just lie back and savour the cliches', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, July 30, 1988
David BROMFIELD, 'Erudite look at today's scene', The West Australia, Perth, May 21, 1988
Graham COULTER-SMITH, 'John Young: Paradoxical Dialogues', Eyeline, # 4, Brisbane, 1988
Graham COULTER-SMITH, 'John Young', Art & Text, # 28, Sydney, 1988
Sue CRAMER, 'History', Tension, # 13, 1988
Mark JACKSON, 'Objective Gestures', Photofile, vol. 6, # 1, Sydney, 1988
Arthur McINTYRE, Australian Contemporary Drawing, Resurgence and Redefinition, Boolarong Publications, Brisbane, 1988
Robert ROONEY, 'Unimportance of being Ernest T.', The Weekend Australian, September 24, 1988
Lisa TRAHAIR, 'John Young: 3 States', Eyeline, # 7, Brisbane, 1988
Vicente BUTRON, 'Review of Ordinary Photography', Eyeline, # 9, Brisbane, 1989
A.D.S. DONALDSON, 'John Young: Super-occupancy and Entombment', interview, Tension, # 15, 1989
Pam HANSFORD, 'The Future is Now ', interview, John Young, Selected Works, catalogue, 1989
Anne HOWELL, 'Young artists set to be slaves of Sydney', The Eastern Herald, Sydney, July 13, 1989
Martyn JOLLY, 'Experimental return to artists' origins', The Eastern Herald, Sydney, April 6, 1989
Catharine LUMBY, 'A Sudden Rush of Devotion', Artscribe, London, 1989
Catharine LUMBY, 'Modernism takes a tilt to monotones', The Eastern Herald, Sydney, February 16, 1989
Elwyn LYNN, 'Carving out skill's domain', The Weekend Australian, August 19, 1989
Janet SHANKS and Vicente BUTRON, 'Photoworks Reviewed', Photofile, vol. 7, # 1, Sydney, 1989
Janet SHANKS, 'Young Lethbridge Fereday', Photofile, vol. 7, # 2, Sydney, 1989
Robyn ARCHER, 'Arts beat', GH Magazine, June, 1990
Alison CARROLL, Art from Australia - Eight Contemporary Views catalogue, 1990-91
Adam GECZY, 'A Sudden Rush of Devotion', Eyeline, Brisbane, 1990
Anne HOWELL, 'The primitive and the post-modern', Follow Me, # 48, May, 1990
Catharine LUMBY, Ashley CRAWFORD et al., 'A Chronical of Australian Art, 1980-89', Tension, 1990
Catharine LUMBY, 'Abstraction', Tension, Winter, 1990
Catherine LUMBY, 'John Young', Art from Australia catalogue, 1990-91
Victoria LYNN, 'Abstraction', Abstraction catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1990
Julia ROBINSON, 'Chaos', Honi Soit, The University of Sydney, Sydney, 1990
Robert ROONEY, 'Positive light in Tomb Territory', The Weekend Australian, April 14, 1990
Julia ROBINSON, 'On The New Naturalism', Eyeline, Brisbane, 1990
Rex BUTLER, The Hypothesis of Imitation, catalogue, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane and Sutton Gallery Melbourne, 1991
Alison CARROLL, 'Review of Modernism and Post-Modernism in Asia Conference, Canberra' Artlink, 1991
Sue CRAMER, Contemporary Art Archive catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, November 1991
Christina DAVIDSON, 'Cultural Exchange', Mondial Collections, vol. 1, # 4, Singapore, December, 1991
Christina DAVIDSON, 'Review of Art from Australia: Eight Contemporary Views', Art & Text, # 40, 1991
Suzy FREEMAN-GREENE, 'Arts Policy: Looking to Asia for Inspiration' in Arts Extra, The Age, Melbourne, September, 1991
Roger LUI, ' John Young-an interview', Collage, # 1, University of Sydney, Sydney, 1991
Catharine LUMBY, 'Abstraction: from the 60's to the 80's and back again', West, vol. 3, # 2, Sydney, 1991
Elwyn LYNN, 'Into the Landscape of Space Exploration', Weekend Australian, October 12, 1991
Bernard SMITH,with Terry SMITH, Australian Painting, 1788-1990, Oxford University Press, Australia,1991
Ted SNELL, 'Defined Parameters: 'Abstraction' in Sydney, Canberra and Orange', Art in Australia, vol. 28, # 4, 1991
Carolyn BARNS, ‘John Young: Working Back In: The Grid within the Grid’, Eyeline, # 17, Brisbane, 1992
Phil BROWN, 'John Young-Models and Animals in Camera', The Brisbane Review, City News, Brisbane, May 7, 1992
John CLARK, 'Australian Art and Asia: Then and Now', Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific Occasional Paper, # 19, The University of Sydney, 1992
Jeff GIBSON, ‘Steam: Perspecta ‘91', A&T, # 41, Sydney, 1992
Mark JACKSON, ‘John Young, Bad Faith Realism', review, A&T, # 41, Sydney, 1992
Catharine LUMBY, 'Hot Market', Rolling Stone, # 473, Australia, August 1992
'New Kids on the Block', Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, August, 1992
John NIXON and John YOUNG (editors), Textbook: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Deacon University Press, 1992
Eve SULLIVAN, 'Wit as diversion/subversion', Art Monthly Australia, August, 1992
Josie BRENNAN, 'Art debut puts Australia on the Asian map', Hong Kong Standard, Hong Kong, December, 1993
Rex BUTLER, 'Lost in the Mix; The General and the Particular in the Works of John Young', Art and Australia, Sydney, 1993
Suzy FREEMAN-GREENE, 'And now here's a word from the artist', The Age, Melbourne, August 3, 1993
John MATEER, 'Confessing to Conceal?', Artlink, vol. 13, # 3 & 4 November/March, 1993/4
Rex BUTLER, 'John Young: On Liberty', Transcultual Painting catalogue, Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 1994, (in Chinese and English)
John CLARK, 'Swimming in the Transcultural Sea: John Young', interview, Asian Art News, vol. 4, # 3, Hong Kong, May/June, 1994
John CLARK, 'John Young: The Position of the Transcultural - An End to Hypernation?', Antipodean Currents catalogue, The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., October, 1994
Su CRAMER, 'MCA Collection 1994 Selection', Museum of Contemporary Art catalogue, Sydney, March-October, 1994
Carmel DWYER, 'Rex backs man, plays ball', The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, May 16, 1994
Carmel DWYER, 'Dealers looking to the north', Sydney Morning Herald Arts, Sydney, September 17, 1994
Merryn GATES, 'Just Between You and Me', Transcultural Painting catalogue, Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne,1994, (in Chinese and English)
Su GREEN, 'The Art of Distinction', South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, June 11, 1994
Eleanor HEARTNEY, 'Antipodean Undercurrents: An American Perspective', Antipodean Currents catalogue, The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., October, 1994
Christopher HEATHCOTE, 'Grid's Challenge puts timidity of fair to shame', The Age, Melbourne, October 19, 1994
Peter HILL, 'The Australian Art School Option', Asian Art News, vol. 4, # 4, Hong Kong, July, 1994
Michael HUTAK, 'John Young: Canvassing a Cultural Cusp', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, June 8, 1994
Rachel KENT, 'Reinventing the Grid', catalogue, Robert Lindsay Gallery, 1994
Celia KO, 'John Young, Transcultural Painting', City Magazine, # 213, pp 144-147, Hong Kong, June, 1994, (in Chinese)
Catharine LUMBY, 'The Art of Flux: An Australian Perspective', Antipodean Currents catalogue, The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., October, 1994
Chris McAULIFFE, 'John Young: Silhouettes and Monochromes', Art & Text, # 47, January, 1994
Maggie PAI, 'Artspace', The China News, Taipei, April 3, 1994
Museums National, review, The Magazine of Museums Australia Inc., vol. 3, # 1, June, 1994
Robert ROONEY, 'Welcome edition to nation's knowledge', The Weekend Review, The Australian, January 15/16, 1994
Robert ROONEY, 'How lines of thought converge on the grid', The Weekend Review, The Australian, October 22, 1994
'Transcultural Painting', Economic Times, Hong Kong, June 10, 1994
'Transcultural Painting', Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hong Kong, June 4, 1994
Jason WANG, 'Transcultural Painting: Taiwan Perspective', Art and Asia Pacific, vol. 1, # 4, 1994
Yun Yun WU, 'Transcultural Painting', Sing Tao Daily, , Hong Kong, June 13, 1994, (in Chinese)
Melissa CHIU, 'Meetings along the edge: An introduction', John Young - The Double Ground Paintings, pp 7-9, Australian Art Promotions, Sydney, 1995
John CLARK, 'Dilemmas of [Dis-]attachment in the Chinese Diaspora' paper given at the International Conference on Chinese Contemporary Art, held by Art Action, Hong Kong, December 29-31, 1995
Miriam COSIC, 'To all Foreigners: We have Art as well as Outback', The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, October 23, 1995
Ben CURNOW, 'Seeing Double', Double Vision, Artists' Portraits of Artists catalogue, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 1995
Benjamin GENOCCHIO, 'The Sameness of Difference - 'Hybridity', Australian Perspecta '95, Eyeline, # 28, Brisbane, 1995
Jennifer HIGGIE, 'Between the Lines: 'Reinventing the Grid', Eyeline, Brisbane, 1995
Peter HUTCHINGS, 'Between a Rock and a Hybrid Plane', Australian Perspecta '95 catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1995
Peter HUTCHINGS, 'Now and then, and then again', John Young - The Double Ground Paintings, pp10-23, Australian Art Promotions, Sydney, 1995
Pepe KARMEL, 'Antidotes for a Cartoonish Image', The New York Times, New York, June 23, 1995
Frazer WARD, 'Unauthorized Discharge of a Tuxedo', The Adelaide Review, Adelaide, August, 1995
En-Young, AHN, 'Antipodean Currents: An Introduction to Australian Art', Space (Arts & Architecture: Environment), Seoul, Korea, March, 1996, (in Korean)
Chris ASHTON, 'Off again, on again', The Bulletin, April 16, 1996
Angela BENNIE, 'Spirit and Place', The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, Sydney, November 23, 1996
Melissa CHIU, 'John Young: The Double Ground Paintings', Systems End catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery and Sherman Galleries, Brisbane and Sydney, 1996
Ben CURNOW, 'Review of Paradigm Fountain', Agenda, Melbourne,1996
Ben CURNOW, 'Review of Paradigm Fountain', Art Asia Pacific, Sydney, 1996
Julie EWINGTON, 'A Contemporary Prospectus for Pilgrimage', Above & Beyond: Austral/Asian Interactions catalogue, pp 30-40, 1996
Susan McCULLOCH, 'Above and Beyond at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art', Asian Art News, vol. 16, # 6, pp 79-80, November/December, 1996
Amanda MEADE, 'Leading artists flag republican fervour', The Australian, p 5, January 25, 1966
Fazahl RIZVI, 'Above and Beyond', Art & Australia, pp 58-60, 1996
Gene SHERMAN, 'Introduction to Systems End' in Systems End catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 1996
Colin SIMPSON and Donald WILLIAMS, 'After Modernism: Personal and Cultural Histories', Art Now: Contemporary Art Post - 1970 Book Two, pp 130-135, McGraw Hill, Australia, 1996
Nick WATERLOW, 'Numinous Worlds', Spirit + Place: Art in Australia 1861 - 1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, catalogue, pp 35-45, p 66, Sydney, 1996
'Sunday Nikkei', Nihon Shinbun, p 17, Tokyo, Feburary 11, 1996, (in Japanese)
Akihiko TAKAMI, 'Compounding Australian Identity', (review of Systems End), Bijutsu-Techo, Tokyo, August 1996, (in Japanese)
The MCA Collection: The Loti & Victor Smorgon Gift of Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1996, (catalogue)
Clare WILLIAMSON & Michael SNELLING, 'Austral/Asian Interactions', Above & Beyond: Austral/Asian Interactions catalogue, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art & Institute of Modern Art, pp 3–11, 1996
Miki YODA, 'Probe into an originality of multicultural society', Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper, Tokyo, August 19, 1996, (in Japanese)
Miki YODA, 'Strong Aspect of Multicultural Society', Sanksi Shimbun Newspaper, Tokyo, August 7, 1996, (in Japanese)
Geometric Painting in Australia 1941 – 1997, University Art Museum catalogue, Brisbane, p 22, 1997
Sebastian SMEE, 'Exhibit eh? How selling art to Asia raised eyebrows in Sydney', Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, May 19-22, 1997
Jason SMITH, 'The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize 1997', Gallery, December/January, 1997/98
Peter TIMMS, 'An assortment of mystic bits and pieces', Age, Melbourne, December 10, 1997
Robyn USHER, 'Arstbeat: McCaughey Prize', Age, Melbourne, December 10, 1997
John CLARK, 'Dilemmas of (Dis-)attachment in the Chinese Diaspora', Visual Arts and Culture: An International Journal of Contemporary Art, vol.1, pp 14-44, 1998
Wyston CURNOW, Imants Tillers and the 'Book of Power', Craftsman House, Sydney, p 16, 76, 97,1998
Andrew FROST, 'John Young: Ghost on canvas', Australian Art Collector, pp 40-44, September, 1998
Benjamin GENOCCHIO, 'Photograph Besides Itself', Photofile, # 55, pp 8-24, Sydney, November 1998
Benjamin GENOCCHIO, 'Regional diversity defies curatorial premise', The Australian, p 17, September 4, 1998
Victoria HYNES, 'Matteo Ricci in Goa and other works', Asian Art News, p 79, vol. 8, # 5, 1998
Melinda MARTIN, 'Contemplating John Young', Remanence catalogue, Melbourne Festival, October, 1998
Susan MCCULLOCH, 'Gallery claims higher profile', Australian, p 18, August 18, 1998
Peter TIMMS, 'Convention successfully cast aside', Age, Melbourne, p 18, August 19, 1998
Lara TRAVIS, 'Charm School', Matteo Ricci in Goa, catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Goodhope, Sydney, August, 1998
Anonymous, 'Mirror Image', Business Asia, vol. 7, #21, p 15, October 31, 1999
Giles AUTY, 'Nice word if you can get it', Weekend Australian, pp 23-24, January, 1999
Simon BARNEY, 'A Hybrid in Bloom', Bulletin, p 103, September 7, 1999
Melissa CHIU, 'Asian-Australian Artists: Cultural Shifts in Australia', Art & Australia, vol. 37, # 2, pp 252-260, 1999
John CLARK, 'Crossings', The Rose Crossing catalogue, pp 9-14, 1999
Nicola COOMBS, 'The Crossing from Australia to Asia', Art Monthly Australia, p 36, December 1999 - February 2000
Dinah DYSART, 'Asian Contemporary Art in Sydney', TAASA News, p18, January, 1999
Elle, # 146, Hong Kong, December, 1999, (in Chinese)
Andrew FROST, 'Australia's Top 40 artists', Australian Art Collector, # 7, January, 1999
Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hong Kong, December 3, 1999, (in Chinese)
Hong Kong Economic Times, p 3, Hong Kong, November 24, 1999, (in Chinese)
Victoria HYNES, 'The Rose Crossing at Brisbane City Gallery', Asian Art News, vol. 9, # 6, pp 93-94, November/December 1999
Natalie KING, 'Sequences from Heaven and Matteo Ricci in Goa', Art AsiaPacific, # 22, p 90, Sydney, 1999
Susan MCCULLOCH-UEHLIN, 'The lie of the land: A Century of Art', Weekend Australian, pp 17-18, November 20-21, 1999
Zoe LI, 'Cultural Exchange = Australian Culture?', Ming Pao Daily news, December 9, 1999, (in Chinese)
'Mirror Image', Business Asia, vol. 7, # 21, p 15, October 31, 1999
Materia PRIMA,'The Rose Crossing', Australian Connections, November, 1999
Oriental Daily News, Hong Kong, December 12, 1999, (in Chinese)
Recruit, Hong Kong, p 32, November 26, 1999
Gene SHERMAN, Introduction to The Rose Crossing, catalogue, The Rose Crossing, pp 7-8, 1999
'The Rose Crossing', BC Magazine, Hong Kong, December, 1999
Amanda WATSON, 'Hybrid art, thorns and all', South China Morning Post, Arts Section, p 22, Hong Kong, December 2, 1999
Youth's Bi-Weekly, Hong Kong, # 36, December 4, 1999, (in Chinese)
'An Affair to Remember: A Celebration of Australian Art', Arts Magazine, Singapore, January/February, 2000
'An Australian Affair to Remember', The Finder, p 21, Singapore, January, 2000
'Australian Embassy presents mural to commemorate Olympics and completion of Nanboku subway line', Yomiuri Shimbun, p 32, September 22, 2000, (in Japanese)
'Australian embassy presents public work of art to Nanboku line's Azabu-juban station', Tokyo Shimbun, p 25, September 22, 2000, (in Japanese)
David BROMFIELD, 'Deliberate isolation has its price', West Australian, Perth, May 13, 2000
Y. T. CHEAH, 'Australia's vistas', The Peak, pp 92-94, Singapore, January 2000
Chikatetsu - Station No. 581, back cover and p 23, Tokyo, September, 2000, (in Japanese)
Robert COOK, 'Mix'n'Match', West Australian, Perth, April 26, 2000
'Embassy Corner', Asahi Evening News, p 6, Tokyo, September 28, 2000, (in Japanese)
'Fairs and Prizes enhance art's allure', The Age, p 6, Melbourne, October 4, 2000
Benjamin GENOCCHIO, 'Caught in the Crossing', Weekend Australian, p 23, March 4, 2000
'Happenings: Home', Zenith, p 74, Singapore, January, 2000
Rachel JACQUES, 'Street Life', The Expat, pp 64-70, Singapore, January, 2000
Rachel JACQUES, 'Street Life', The Expat, p 50, Singapore, February, 2000
Sian E. JAY, 'What are these Australians up to?', Straits Times, Singapore, February 16, 2000
Pamela KEMBER, 'Rethinking Refunctioning', Awful Backlash catalogue, May, 2000
Nicole LEHMANN, 'My Place', Inside Out Magazine, # 2, June 2000
Koho Minato, Tokyo, October 11, 2000, p. 4 (in Japanese)
Kevin KWONG, 'A taste for the fine arts', South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, March, 2000
Laura MURRAY CREE & Neville DRURY, Australian Painting Now, Craftsman House, 2000, pp. 336–339
Parvathi NAYAR, 'Australian art under scrutiny', Business Times, Singapore, February 12, 2000
Masahito NISHIKAWA, Shin Bijyutsu Shimbun, Tokyo, October 11, 2000, p. 3 (in Japanese)
Fuyune SUZUKI, 'Australian Public Art, Parallel Visions, to feature in new Azabu Juban Station', Bijyutsu No Mado, Tokyo, November, 2000, p. 128 (in Japanese)
'Symbol of friendship between Japan and Australia. Mural set up in Azabu Juban Station', Sogo Hodo, Tokyo, September 25, 2000, (in Japanese), p. 4
'The name of the Rose', Pop Out, February 26, 2000, p. 8
The Rose Crossing, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery Visitors Guide, July 28, 2000
'Times Gallery', Japan Times, p 12, Tokyo, September 24, 2000
'Unforgettable moments', Singapore Tattler, Singapore, January 2000
Lee WENG CHOY, 'Cheo Chai-Hang in the Rose Crossing', Contemporary Visual Arts, p. 52, 2000
Wine and Dine, p 103, Sydney, January 2000
‘Group ponders creativity and context’, China Daily Online, 18 September 2000.
Brian CASTRO, 'Volees', John Young: Pine's Edge, Black Ink Press, Melbourne, 2001
M.A. GREENSTEIN, 'Pine's Edge', John Young: Pine's Edge, Black Ink Press, Melbourne, 2001
‘John Young: Making Sense of the Spirit of Our Times’, Art Stream, vol. 6, July–August 2001
Victoria HYNES, ‘Word Up’, Sydney Morning Herald, Metro 19 – 25 October 2001
Kiersten FISHBURN, ‘No Muttering’, Artlink, vol. 21, no. 4 2001
What’s on where, The China Phenomenon, Artlink, vol. 23, no. 4, 2003, p. 75
Andrew FROST, ’50 of Australia’s most collectable artists: John Young’, Australian Art Collector, issue 27, January–March, 2004
Shelley MCSPEDDEN, 'John Young', Critic's Picks, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 –16
September 2004, p. 27
Sebastian SMEE, ‘Tiers of influence’, Arts, Weekend Australian, 22–23 April 2006, pp. R18–19
Laura MURRAY CREE (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006
HOWARTH, Brad, ‘Technology for art’s sake’, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July 2006, pp. 23, 26
NICK GADD, ‘The business of being an artist’, Connect (AbaF magazine), no. 4, June 2007, pp.12–13
ANNETTE LARKIN, ‘$50,000 AMR Investment Portfolio’, Australian Art Market Report, issue 24, winter 2007, p. 18
CHRIS DEUTSCHER, ‘2007 Evaluation of our two portfolios’, Australian Art Market Report, issue 24, winter 2007, p. 20

Papers/Essays by the Artist Chronological
'On Some Alternatives to the Code in the Age of Hyperreality, the Hermit and the City Dweller', (with Terry Blake), Art & Text, # 2, Winter, 1981
'The Disguised Saint: Bragaglia', (with Terry Blake), Photo-Discourse, 1982
'From Three Facts to', Art & Text, # 4, 1982
'The Life of Energies', catalogue essay, September, 1983
'The Life of Energies', On The Beach, # 2, Sydney, 1983
'Pulsations (or how to misunderstand the art of courageous eclecticism); Works of Carole Roberts, Janet Burchill, Kate Farrell', On the Beach, # 2, Sydney, 1983
'Anything Still', Art & Text, # 11, Melbourne, 1983
Kerb Your Dog, (An anthology of artists’ pages), editor, # 1-2, 1983
'Run the Bastards Over!', (with Terry Blake), ZX, # 10, Sydney, Winter, 1984
'Various Artists Ltd', catalogue of exhibitions, Sydney, 1985-1986
'Murmur of the Soul', editor, Tension ,# 9, Melbourne, May, 1986
'From Dark makes Light', Moët & Chandon catalogue, 1987
'Notes on the Simultaneity of Surface and Depth: works of Helga Groves and Kate Mackay', catalogue, 1988
'Monolith Post Monolith', catalogue, 1988
Visual Project, 'Supreme Entombment', Photofile, vol. 7, # 1, Autumn, 1989
Visual Project, 'Ultimate Entombment (Twins)', Art & Text, Summer, 1989-90
Kerb Your Dog, (An anthology of artists’ pages), co-edited with John Nixon, # 3-10, 1989-1991
Visual Project, 'Triumph', Pataphysics, Autumn, 1990
'Recollections', (with texts by Imants Tillers and Bernice Murphy), One Painting, Cleaving, Wollongong City Gallery, Autumn, 1990
'Propositions for the Polychrome Paintings', Notes on Art Practice, # 3, 1990
'Derain, the Shanghai Avant-garde of the 30s, and their ramification on modernist Asian Art', paper given at the Singapore National Gallery, 1991
'Studio Notes Leading to the 1991 Polychrome Paintings', (with Christina Davidson, David Thomas, Elizabeth Pulie, Chris Jansen and Andrew Jackson), Bad Faith Realism, Yuill/Crowley, 1991, (together with 2 volumes of VHS video)
National Conference, 'Australian Visual Arts in An Asian Context', organised, together with Sydney College of the Art, The University of Sydney (with Christina Davidson, Donal FitzPatrick and Vicente Butron), 1993
'The Avant-Garde: the logic of beaucratization in contemporary Austral-Asian Art' paper given at Austral-Constellations Conference (Conference organizers Peter Hutchings and Maryanne Dever), The Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong, 1994
'My work and Asian Modernism' talk given at 'Cross-Currents in Contemporary Australian Art at the residence of Denise and Andrew Saul for the 'Guggenheim Circle', Under 35 Guggenheim Collectors’ Club, New York, 1995
'David Strachan: Two Women in a Landscape', Artist's Choice, Art & Australia, Vol.36, # 1, pp 56–57, September, 1998
'Works 1979 to the Present', talk given at The Centre for Cross Cultural Research, (organised by Roger Benjamin), Australian National University, Canberra
‘Locality Flux’, (On Fluxus), Like Magazine, Faculty of Art, Design & Communication, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, # 13, pp 16-20, Melbourne, Summer, 2000

Graham Coulter-Smith, Christina Davidson, Graham Forsyth, with a foreword by Leon Paroissien, John Young: Silhouettes and Polychromes, 1993, Schwartz City Publications, Melbourne
Peter Hutchings, John Clark, with an introduction by Melissa Chiu and foreword by Frances Lindsay, John Young: The Double Ground Paintings, Australian Art Promotions, Sydney, 1995
Carolyn Barnes, John Young, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2005

Rex Butler and Keith Broadfoot, 'Objective gesture’, John Young, Selected Works 1986–1987, Sydney, 1987
Pamela Hansford, John Young Selected Works, Cameleon Gallery Publications, Hobart, 1989
Rex Butler, ‘Two Castigliones’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1996
Lara Travis, ‘Charm school’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1998

Interview with Julie Copeland, 5 February 2006