Clients + Conversation

—  Endorsements and recommendations

CLIENTS, PARTNERS + RECIPIENTS OF COMMISSIONED WORKS

—  Recent corporations & affiliates

Relevent Sports, Hardrock Stadium, Miami Dolphins, Fontainebleau Hotel, Metro Signs, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), GWL Realty Advisors, Electronics For Imaging (EFI)

 

—  Recent organizations & institutions

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), The Organizing Committee of the Pan American Games, Queens Park Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, International Champions Cup (ICC)

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

—  Select full-length, unedited quotes from our clients

DON SHIPLEY, CREATIVE DIRECTOR 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

I had the opportunity and pleasure of collaborating with Mr.Young on his remarkable ‘FACES” exhibition as part of our commission project for the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015.

It is a truly innovative concept, brilliantly executed with class and professionalism. He is without question, one of the most talented, passionate, committed artists I know.

The exhibition was one of the major successes of the arts and culture program entitled PANAMANIA, and was met with wild public enthusiasm and critical approval from all quarters.

Robert is a unique individual who is not only devoted to the pursuit of excellence, but possesses an uncanny ability to create, coordinate, and execute at the highest level. His attention to detail is unique in the world of photography and art.  A bold and transformational exhibition from a very committed creative artist which celebrates inclusion, diversity, and the human spirit.

Mr. Young  was always a pleasure to work with, and in hindsight I can honestly say that “taking his phone call” proved to be one of the most important things I did during my tenure, and my belief in him was returned ten- fold.

The exhibition remains one of the great legacies of the arts and culture component of Toronto 2015 cultural celebrations.


STEPHEN M. ROSS, OWNER THE MIAMI DOLPHINS & CHAIRMAN OF THE RELATED COMPANIES

Robert is an inspirational artist whose seemingly boundless ingenuity is only matched by his passion for the creative process.  The works he created captured the excitement of the games, the players, the fans and the global community that all came together for a truly memorable event in Miami and we were thrilled to be able to share his works with the world.


MONIQUE GIROUX, VICE PRESIDENT SPONSORSHIP MARKETING & STRATEGY, CUSTOMER MARKETING AT CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE (CIBC)

In addition to our Lead Partnership of the Games, CIBC was incredibly excited to be presenting sponsor of PANAMANIA, a 35-day festival which celebrated Canada’s diversity and the vibrant culture and heritage of the Pan American region. This one-of-a-kind festival gave Canadians and visitors alike an opportunity to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Canada and the entire Pan American region with performances and exhibitions featuring talent from all of the participating Games’ countries. 

One of the exhibits we at CIBC were most proud of was one that came to life in our very lobby at Commerce Court in downtown Toronto. YOUNG World Faces of Pan Am, created by Robert Young, was a stunning collection of 41 large-scale images, each represented by local women with roots in all of the 41 Pan Am Games countries…their faces a canvas for the flag of their nation. 

Robert is an internationally accomplished artist who has spent over 20 years engaging in creative initiatives that uplift the human spirit, embrace our differences, and celebrate our commonality. We were so lucky to be able to exhibit his beautiful and important photographic exhibition over the course of the Games. Robert has an extraordinary talent and I personally look forward to experiencing his future exhibits.


ALANA SEGARS, DIRECTOR, BRAND MARKETING STRATEGY, VANITY FAIR

Robert Young is not only a supremely talented artist, but the ultimate collaborator. I worked closely with him on the commissioned FACES pieces for El Clásico Miami and his creative vision paired with a strong work ethic and get it done mentality made for a truly successful partnership. Through his work, Robert was able to capture the spirit of El Clásico Miami and the passion that the global soccer community has for the game.

With less than a month to execute his vision, Robert went through hell and high water to produce the commissioned FACES pieces and the final artwork was nothing short of amazing. I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Robert on the integral details throughout the creative process.

 

THE HONOURABE ELIZABETH DOWDESWELL, 29TH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO, REPRESENTATIVE OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

Art matters – in our everyday lives, in our society and in our hearts and minds. At the level of the individual they stimulate creativity and encourage us to strive for excellence. But our talents, brilliance and vitality also help define us as a province and a nation. They are a powerful means of social cohesion fostering greater understanding and appreciation among diverse cultural traditions.

Robert Young’s arresting exhibition holds up a mirror to us reflecting an interdependent global world. Through these Faces we see vulnerability and triumph – the power of the human spirit. They inspire and nourish the soul.


CHARLIE STILLITANO, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, RELEVENT SPORTS AND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP

The FACES collection by Robert Young perfectly captured the incredible passion behind The International Champions Cup and El Clasico Miami.

Soccer is a global uniting force and Robert's art perfectly spoke to that quality.  Robert's work became an integral part of a historic event that captured the attention of the world. 


DANIEL SILLMAN, CEO, RELEVENT SPORTS AND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP

When I first saw the Faces collection by Robert Young, I knew that we had to find a way to bring him in as an official partner of the International Champions Cup and el Clasico Miami. It was clear that his work was bold and would capture the attention of the world. 

The story of finding Robert was one that I will look back on as a stroke of luck. Robert was immediately receptive to the idea of joining this international project that would occur in Miami and was an absolute pleasure to work with. His pursuit of excellence, passion and professionalism made our partnership one of the highlights of building el Clasico Miami. 

Robert shared his ability to produce such amazing work in an almost impossible timeline and was met with amazing global feedback from the clubs, players and fans. His creative vision for how the Faces of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF would launch el Clasico Miami will have a lasting impact on the fans of the International Champions Cup forever. 

Robert captivated the audience and changed the perspective of the ICC through his art. It was our honor to have him serve as an official artist and partner of the ICC and we look forward to working together closely in the future.


CHRIS KENNEDY, SENIOR MANAGER - FESTIVAL PROGRAMS, ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

The Royal Ontario Museum is a place where art, culture and nature all meet. Leading the programming team in Canada’s largest museum, I work very hard to advance our audiences understanding of the place we call home, and the world around us.  In early 2016, Robert Young was introduced to us via a mutual friend, Denise Herrera Jackson - CEO Toronto Caribbean Carnival.  It was the first time that I had heard about YOUNG World Faces, and, when I finally saw the images on my desktop, I was immediately drawn to the stunning faces that seemed to illustrate everything that I strive to communicate with our varied Festival Programs – in a uniquely visual manner.

We had to find a way to integrate this into our programming. 

Our first opportunity to work with Robert was with our hugely popular Friday Night Live Program – celebrating the theme of “One Love”.  With projections on our largest wall in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, we could reach each guest with this incredible art! 

Our most recent collaboration is a large-scale installation, with the Face of Canada: The Canada 150 Commemorative Edition. Once again, the piece will be front-and-center for our Family Funday: ARTastic.  The concept with the installation is to feel truly immersed in the artwork, with a very large framed and back-lit Face of Canada on a white background that sits atop a platform that can our visitors, members, staff, volunteers and patrons can step upon to understand this piece very personally.  It is also planned to be a photo op, so that the moment can be shared and relived, now and always.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with Mr. Young – a truly talented thought and art leader!