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artist profile: kent youngstrom

Where was your favorite place to live?
Easy. Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Kitchen/Living Room open space. Lots of Art, lots of Action.

Who are you design icons?
Pollock, De Kooning.

Form vs. function?
Round dice do not work very well

What is your signature?
Circles. I paint a lot of circles.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Minimal but unexpected.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Other than the bikini? My back deck. It’s simple, comfortable and full of family and friends.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Sappy movies that really shouldn’t make me cry like Restoration. Stories of people coming full circle. Collections of things no one knows what to do with. The desire to be wanted.

What do you drive?
Ha. A mini-van with sto-n-go seats. I can carry a large amount of art & supplies along with my kids and their friends. Very artsy I know!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A large parcel of land with a Dwell style home and large studio within a few yards of the back door.

What are your interests outside of design?
Thursday night futbol. 5:30 am workouts. Laughing with the family. Scrambled eggs. Running the race to win.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
As far as i know, i can’t take anything with me when it is all over so i am not much of a collector. I will say that it would be hard to do what i do without my paint brushes and my Mac.

What’s had the biggest influence on you?
I think we are influenced by so many things in our life, but art-wise my grandfather could build/fix anything and he passed that on to my mother who has passed it on to me.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Oops Paint. You know… the discounted gallons at the hardware store that have been returned because the color didn’t look right or it was mixed incorrectly…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“I think your time here is over.” —a former boss. It forced me to figure things out on my own.

I am often asked how i manage to survive as an artist. My answer is always the same. “Hard work, hard work, and a little luck.”

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