Fev Pehs: An Exhibition of Work By & In Memory of John Young
October 5 – 11 2013
Launch Event & Charity Auction: Friday October 4, 17.00. Open to the public.
Liverpool School of Art: Six of the UK’s most acclaimed graphic artists have come together to honour the life and work of the late John Young; a Senior Lecturer at The Liverpool School of Art & Design, who left a legacy of creative, conceptual and critical investigation.
Having dedicated himself to the teaching and practice of design, it seemed fitting the identity for this event should come from John’s own university work, and that it should respect his roots, as well as reflecting his unique sense of humour. “Fev pehs an’ a ingin ane an’ a’” was something he often used to say, a reference to the Dundee (where he studied) way of requesting, “Five pies and an onion one an’ all.”
Fev Pehs is an exhibition of John’s work. It is also an auction of work by six leading visual art practitioners, in aid of Cancer Research and in memory of John. Ian Anderson, Vaughan Oliver, James Jarvis, Adrian Shaughnessy, Jonathan Barnbrook and Marion Deuchars (chosen because of their connections both personal and professional to John) have each created a piece of work, which will be auctioned during the exhibition preview evening on Friday October 4.
Marie, John’s wife, explains the rationale for this exhibition:
“John didn’t show many people his work but everyone was always keen to see what he was up to. He taught people about concept and meaning, operating between fine art and graphic design. The pieces in the exhibition will hold a different memory for each of his close friends and each piece has its own story to tell because of this. The exhibition is a mix of finished pieces and work still in progress, as John was very conceptual and forever experimenting.
When John was ill he often spoke highly of the treatment he received. Family members, local design studios and friends have already made donations to Cancer Research. The aim of this event is to make as much money for Cancer Research as possible.”
The event will also be the launch of John’s posthumous album, Found in Tokyo.
Visit the website here which was created by LJMU graphic design graduate, Jonathan Summers Muir @JSummersMuir