Roland Young at Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire presents the first-ever institutional exhibition of Roland Young (b. 1953–d. 2023)


Until 25 August 2024
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, London, SW4 7JR

An exhibition of drawings and works on paper celebrating the artistic practice of ActionSpace artist Roland Young (b. 1953–d. 2023) will open at Studio Voltaire. This is the first institutional exhibition of his work.

Roland was known for creating minimal compositions of intricate figurative drawings, depicted through delicately repeated abstract forms. His work finds conversations between various forms of abstraction, symbolism and figuration.

Many of Roland’s works portray recurrent themes of parades, tournaments, crowds or intimate gatherings. In each, Roland recreated meticulously ordered ‘line-ups’ often found in stadiums, theatre arrangements or military displays to craft unique and intriguing scenarios of celebration.

Drawing on multiple influences, Roland’s works on paper become documents of memory and even more often, imagination, illustrating the artist’s generous desire to bring people together.

Roland was a resident artist at our Studio Voltaire studio from 2004. This exhibition will mark the first anniversary of the artist’s death.

Join us for the opening preview, on Tuesday 25 June, 2 – 4 pm. Free, all welcome.

Find out more about the exhibition


Presented in partnership with ActionSpace.

Supported by the Liesma Young Will Trust.


Image credit: Roland Young, 2024, Installation view at Studio Voltaire. Courtesy of the artist, ActionSpace and Studio Voltaire. Photography by Tom Carter

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