WESLEY YOUNIE
"Dark Paradise"
New Works
JANUARY 17th - MARCH 15th, 2015
Receptions: January 17th & February 21st, 5-9pm

Wesley was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up exploring his parents’ large backyard with his twin brother Gavin. During this time his deep fascination with the natural world began to flourish. After high school, Wesley pursued his interest in art at the California College of Art and at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He finished his Bachelors of Science in Painting at Portland State University. His artwork is included in many private and public collections, including the Nines Hotel, the Randall Children’s Hospital and the Mirabella development in Portland’s South Waterfront. Other freelance projects include animal exhibit fabrication, illustration, murals and garden design. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with two geckos and more than a few plants.


Growing up in Portland, I have always been inspired by the natural world around me. My work deals with how society interacts with the natural world. Entering landscapes and environments that have never been seen. Working on semi-narrative paintings and sculpture, I explore human, animal and vegetative interactions. I want the viewer to be taken on an adventure, like a naturalist discovering a new species. Leaving the everyday.
Some inspirations include fairy tales, adventure stories, cartoons, décor and natural history. In my Utopian world, exotic animals and plants tell stories about the environments they inhabit. I am interested in the manmade, the plastic worlds we have created to represent the “natural world.” Places like Disneyland, zoos, parks and gardens are the new American landscape. Using patterns and glitter, fake plants and gold leaf, my work is almost “decorated.” As the natural world continues to disappear, we need to save and respect our natural places.