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Shirley Cean Youngs


b. 1939

Renowned Impressionist painter Shirley Cean Youngs is a native New Yorker who now lives on a family compound in Connecticut surrounded by nature and those she loves.  There among the wildlife, gardens, and river, she paints in the Impressionist style that has been a long tradition in the Connecticut community of artists.  She has taught art to gifted children and seniors, as well as to matriculated art students at Connecticut’s leading institutions, in precious hours tucked between paintings.  Her works are in the collections of Americans and Europeans abroad. She has had many “one woman” and juried exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

The artist is recognized as one of the leading living artists by Who’s Who in American Women, and among those in national and international art circles.  Invitations to exhibit her paintings have taken her work to such places as Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Canada. Her works hang in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., the collection of H.R.H. Prince Charles of England and numerous other celebrity, corporate, and private collections. Her work is published in Rockport Publishers’ editions of The Best of Oil Painting and Portrait Inspirations, and has been featured on magazine and book covers, as well as in numerous articles in books and newspapers.  During years of perseverance, determination, and commitment to her work, Youngs felt she was “beckoned” to the easel by her sensitivity to the moods of nature, a subtle gesture, gentle sound, or feelings of light.  Others have described her work as “visual poetry”.

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
HRH Prince Charles of Wales
Richard D. Frisbee III Foundation
Temple of ECK, MN
Senator Leiberman, Washington, DC
Levanthol Collection
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, FL

Stiglow Otis
New England Savings Bank

International Exhibitions:
Paris, France
Karlsruhe, Germany
Lausanne, Switzerland
Hague, Netherlands
Montreal & Quebec, Canada 

National Exhibitions:
Lever House Gallery, Park Avenue, New York
United Sates Coast Guard Academy
Pastel Society of America
National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY
Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, CT
Hudson Valley Art Association, White Plains, NY
Lyman Allyn Museum, CT
William Benton Museum, CT
Slater Museum, CT
Mystic Maritime Gallery, CT
Mystic Maritime International Exhibition, CT
Pelham Country Club, NY
Eugene O’Neil Theater, CT
Boston, Newbury Street, MA
Rockport Art Association, MA
Mystic Art Association, CT
Lyme Art Association, CT
Greenwich Workshop Gallery, CT

Lyman Allyn Museum, Connecticut College Campus
Lyman Memorial High School Gifted Students Program

Lyme Art Association
Mystic Art Association

Who’s Who of American Women
The Best of Oil Painting
Portrait Inspirations
Discover Connecticut Magazine
Cover illustration for book “We Are Not Alone” by Robert Marsh
Norwich Bulletin
New Haven Register
New Haven Advocate
New York Times
New London Day
Main Street News
Hartford Current
Pictorial Gazette
Willimantic Chronicle
The Shoreline Times
Mystic Coast and Country
Rhode Island Monthly
Upstate Magazine
Antiques and the Arts Weekly