Jean Young was born in London. Studied at the Farnham School of Art under Otway McCanell, then for two years at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art with Stuart Tresilian; with John Skeaping at London Zoo and in 1933-38 at Royal Academy Schools, her teachers including Walter Russell, Tom Monnington and FEJackson. She was a medalist for composition at the Schools in 1938. Member of RBA and NEAC. Held a series of solo shows in London, Canterbury and Bath; mixed show appearances including RA, LG and SWLA. Hereford City Museum and Art Gallery hold examples of her work.