Gifted, much missed and ‘extremely nice’
TRIBUTES have been paid to a world renowned artist from Bucks.
Aviation artist John Young, of White Hill, Chesham, died on Wednesday, June 10 at the age of 85.
Mr Young his name as an aviation artist in both the UK and in the US and about 45 of his original paintings are displayed in the RAF Museum in Hendon and many others are in private and corporate collections in the US and England.
Mr Young, was one of the first pupils to join Chesham Prep School when it opened in 1938.
Inspired by the visit of Sir Alan Cobham’s National Aviation Day air display to a farmer’s pasture near Chesham Prep School, his love affair with flying machines
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: Red Arrows over Niagra really began.
When the school was first established on the top floor of the building in Station Road, Chesham, an eight-year-old Mr Young was moved away from the window for constantly sketching the trains he could just see at the station.
Mr Young was the vice-
John Young with his painting president of the American Society Aviation Artists and was a founder member and previous chairman of the Guild of Aviation Artists in Britain.
Long-time friend Michael Hawker, who owns the Hawker Gallery in The Maltings, Old Amersham, still has many of Mr Young’s paintings for sale in the gallery.
He said: “He will be very much missed by people, I’m very sad that he’s passed away.
“There are many artists who showcase work here who were very touched when they heard he died. He was well known and he was well liked.
“He was extremely nice, calming, pleasant, modest and easy to get on with. I don’t know anyone who disliked him.”
Mr Young was also a devout Christian and attended St Mary’s in Chesham before moving to St John’s the Evangelist Church in Ashley Green in later years.
Mr Young’s funeral took place at St John’s the Evangelist Church in Ashley Green on Friday and was followed by cremation at Milton Chapel at Chilterns Crematorium.