Over the past twenty 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. She shows most frequently with Luna Rienne Gallery in San Francisco.
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 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.
Ursula's recent projects include a 18' commissioned painting for The Grand Hyatt in San Francisco as a part of a new art collection and a 75' mural on Market street in downtown San Francisco. Other clients include: NorthFace, SF Weekly, Google, Om Records and SF Bay Guardian. Ursula is also part of Few & Far Women: an international all-female collective of mural-painters who create large collaborative wall murals around the U.S and beyond. For the last 10 years Ursula has been the art director for The Sunset Campout: a renowned dance music festival that happens every summer in Northern California with a dedicated following.
Originating from the green rural dales of North Yorkshire in the North of 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 now lives in 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, young daughter and two cats near Grass Valley, California.
SELECTED ARTICLES, REVIEWS
The Union front page article on Lola Montez mural, Grass Valley, Ca 2020
The Yorkshire Evening Post article about my mural in Leeds, UK, 2018
The Putney Post cover and 4 color spread and interview for my high school publication, 2018
Capital Public Radio 360º timelapse video and of our Wide Open Walls, 2017
Sacramento Bee live facebook video and interview as I finish our 140' mural for Wide Open Walls, 2017
Insight Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak interviews me and David Sobon, director of Wide Open Walls Festival, 2017
Fox 40 interviews me about my involvement in Wide Open Walls mural Festival, 2017
Sacramento Bee article and interview about Few and Far involvement in Wide Open Walls mural Festival, 2017
Sparked Magazine festival style magazine does a feature on my work, 2017
SF Weekly article on my Market street Mural in downtown SF, 2016
Miami New Times article on Few and Far all-female mural project during Art Basel, 2014
Prints on Wood artist interview for the Prints on Wood blog, 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine write up of my 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
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
Newbrow: 50 contemporary artists (available through Art Whino)
The Freedom Book, 100 artists (no longer in print)
Around The Day Waldorf-inspired monthly planner, illustrations for the 2016 planner