Artist Statement

James Quentin Young creates his art from old wood, metal, and found objects. He has been an early advocate for recycling and renovating discarded items. His skill in restoring furniture, his study of jewelry making, and an MFA in painting are combined to create beautiful and provocative works of art. They may tell a Biblical story or simply be unique artworks in which the viewer recognizes bits and pieces from his own past. Young demonstrates his Christian faith with the cross as the primary symbol of his work. Using discarded and broken items, the art portrays Christ's acceptance of our flawed and rejected lives and the transformation through His death and resurrection.

Artist Biography

James Young is a Christian artist, born in 1936 on the "West Side" of St. Paul, MN, a place of multiple ethnic and religious groups. He graduated from Macalaster College with a BA in art education and taught art in public schools for 32 years. He continued his education with an MFA in painting at the U. of the Americas in Mexico City. In 2008 Mr. Young was an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce Center in Washington, D.C., and in Prague, Czech Republic in 2009.

Garden Wall Cross

Cross, Earth, Shroud

Phoenix Bird III

Cross with Quilt

Butterfly Cross



At the Temple Door

Jesus Remember Me

Crown of Thorns

California Cross

Up #2

The Promise

Golden Wind

Cross with Quatre Foil



St. Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Mn
First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN
Mt. Carmel, Alexandria, MN
Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN
Word of Peace Lutheran Church, Rogers, MN
Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, MN
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Tweed Gallery, U. of MN, Duluth, MN
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
St. Louis Park Medical Center, St. Louis Park, MN
Private Collections
Midwest, East Coast, and Southwest in the US
England, Mexico, and Czech Republic


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