Rochester, NY based, Bradd Young creates work that is a result of endless hours of watching cartoons as a child. It taught him, at a young age, to appreciate absurdity in humor and the portrayals of day to day life. He channels that state of mind in his art by taking simple premises like gardening, swimming, or companionship, and filtering them through the lens of a kid. His paintings are an outlet that allow him to reminisce, as his vivid color palette and bizarre characters make him nostalgic for those Saturday morning shows. Thematically, Bradd enjoys juxtaposing bold colors and overtly happy characters with somber and mature undertones. Having grown into his young adult life, he is fascinated by the balancing the surrealistically optimistic kid in him with the more realistic and, albeit pessimistic adult in him; and that is reflective in his approach to his art. Though at surface level, his work is warm, peaceful, and lighthearted, there is a starkness to them that stems from Bradd’s longing for a time when things actually were carefree.