Over the past eighteen years illustrator, painter and designer Ursula Xanthe Young has become known for her unique flowery urban fairytale illustrations. Graduate of Parsons School of Design (Illustration, BFA, New York 1996) Ursula exhibits frequently in the Bay Area and has sold paintings in New York, London, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and all across the U.S.
Ursula finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of San Francisco and its surrounds; the crossed wires, Victorian buildings and fog-filled horizons, that are often backdrop to her brightly painted doe-eyed flower girls. She is also highly influenced by her frequent travels to the far-flung reaches of the globe and the variety of colorful characters that she encounters - both real and imagined - along the way.
Due to her love of electronic music since the early 90’s, and the culture that surrounds it, Ursula’s art can be seen on CD & record covers of dance music labels including Om records, Safe In Sound Music, Loveslap recordings, 2 Block Radius & Panhandle records. Along with large wall murals in Miami, Richmond, VA and San Francisco, apparel & club flyers, her art can be spotted in magazines & ipod covers and in boutiques across the city of San Francisco and beyond. She recently had a piece commissioned by the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco as a part of a new art collection and created her largest painting to date: an 18' triptych that now hangs on the 36th floor of the hotel.
Originating from the green rural dales of Northern England, Ursula has spent much of her time since then traveling and has studied art in New York City, Florence, Vermont, Oslo, and London. After ten years making her mark in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, she recently relocated to the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California - this time to a remote spot in the forest - where she’s busy finding a whole host of new inspirations. She lives with her husband, daughter and three cats in Grass Valley, California.
Against the Grain, mini promotional ad for solo show at Luna Rienne Gallery, 2014
Grand Hyatt SF, Final 18 minute film about the Grand Hyatt collection, 2013
Few and Far at Art Basel Miami, promo video about the Few and Far wall, 2013
Grand Hyatt SF, 2nd video trailer for the Luna Rienne Gallery Collection at the Grand Hyatt, San Francisco, 2013
Grand Hyatt SF, video trailer for the Luna Rienne Gallery Collection at the Grand Hyatt, San Francisco, 2013
Head in the Clouds, a short video about my parklet for Luna Rienne Gallery, 2013
La Devise, a video interview about my work for La Devise (French online magazine), 2012
Its a Jungle Err day, the making of the Few n Far Sacramento mural, 2012
Voyage into a Parallel Universe, promotional video for solo show at fabric8, 2012
SELECTED ARTICLES, REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
Juxtapoz Magazine write up of my solo show at Luna Rienne Gallery, 2014
SF Gate listing and weekend pick for my Against the Grain solo show at Luna Rienne Gallery, 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine interview on me and my art, 2013
SF Weekly article on the Grand Hyatt collection, 2013
Miami New Times article on the Walls of Wynwood, including a piece on Kazilla and Few and Far, 2013
Fecal Face dot com does a piece on the Hyatt Collection, San Francisco 2013
Sacramento News and Review do a 2 page story on my art and murals, 2013
Curbed does a piece about my parklet at Luna Rienne Gallery, San Francisco, 2013
Sacramento Press and RanSACked media cover the Sacramento Mural Project with Few n Far, 2012
Groove Effect artist interview, 2010
SF Station reviews my Alterered States, Dreamscapes and Underworlds show at Fabric8, 2009
InTheMO video interview, 2009
SF Weekly does a blurb of the best places to buy art with a nod to my work at Canvas Gallery, 2005
BOOKS & PUBLISHED WORKS
Newbrow: 50 contemporary artists (available through Art Whino)
The Freedom Book, 100 artists (no longer in print)
My old website can still be viewed here