Bob Young completed a BFA (Visual Art — Studio) and a master’s degree in environmental studies at York University, Toronto. In between, he trained in architecture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

After working in architecture for five years, he shifted to urban planning and later worked in web design/development. But he continued painting in time away from the day jobs.

In addition, since 2009, Bob has written fiction. Literary journals have published four of his short stories, and he has finished a novel, Coyote River. One of his stories, “Paper Icon,” appears in Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction (2017), published by Guernica Editions, Toronto.

For more detail, read this Biographical Sketch.

Bob has placed in and won awards. For example, in 2011, Bob made the top-ten shortlist for Hamilton’s gritLIT festival. At the Canadian Authors’ Association’s (Niagara) 2017 literary contest, he got an Honourable Mention. Bob’s full literary CV is available on this website.

In painting, Bob’s awards include Second Prize at the University of Guelph’s 2010 ArtsInform Show. Earlier, in 1997, he won the Elora Festival Award at “Insights,” a regional juried show of the Elora Arts Council, Elora, Ontario. His art CV highlights his exhibitions, press mentions, and collectors.