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b. 1960, United Kingdom

David Austen Biography

David Austen works as a painter, sculptor, printmaker and filmmaker. Whatever the medium the elements of his work come together as if part of a strange but wonderful story which reveal a dark, yet endearing vision of the world. His paintings on flax canvas, delicate watercolour and gouache works on paper, suspended objects and staged scenarios borrow from film noir and 19th Century literature creating a bittersweet, psycho-sexual world inhabited by strange and lovelorn characters.

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In recent years, Austen has made two large groups of etchings which seem like strange storyboards for these fractured tales, and which in turn have led to the making of works in film. His first, Smoking Moon (shown at both Camden Arts Centre and the British Film Institute) was followed by Crackers, commissioned for his most comprehensive solo exhibition to date at Milton Keynes Gallery (2007), which was subsequently screened at the Locarno Film Festival and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. In 2008 he collaborated with the artist Enzo Cucchi to make a short film in Rome, Man Smoking.

David Austen had a solo show, My love I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again at Ingleby Gallery in 2009. In the same year he was also the Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University where he wrote and directed his first feature length film End of Love. In 2010, End of Love was screened at Modern Art Oxford alongside his solo show Smoke Town.

In 2012, Austen's film, The Gorgon's Dream, was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and his work was selected for the curated film programme at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. In 2014, Austen curated the group touring exhibition The Nakeds. For the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach Ingleby Gallery presented a dedicated exhibition of work by David Austen including significant new bodies of work including Silence Beach; The light that fell upon us burned, night flowers and Nakeds.

David Austen will have a solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2019.

David Austen Featured Artworks

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Man falling with Flowers by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenMan falling with Flowers, 2013Oil on flax canvas
167.6 x 152.4 cm
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Walking woman 16.9.19 by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenWalking woman 16.9.19, 2019Watercolour on paper
32 x 32 x 2.7 cm (incl frame)
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Swimming to the Moon by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenSwimming to the Moon, 2019Twenty-four gouaches; gouache on paper
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Untitled (Stars) by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenUntitled (Stars), 2019Oil on flax canvas
30.5 x 25.4 cm
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Groan by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenGroan, 2014Oil on flax canvas
168 x 152.4 cm
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Untitled, 26.4.18 by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenUntitled, 26.4.18, 2018Gouache on paper
35 x 30.5 cm
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The light that fell upon us burned by David Austen contemporary artwork
David AustenThe light that fell upon us burned, 2016Gouache on paper, cut and pasted (32 parts)
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David Austen Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Jacob's Ladder at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
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26 July–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Jacob's Ladder Ingleby GalleryEdinburgh

David Austen Represented By

Ingleby Gallery contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom Ingleby Gallery Edinburgh

David Austen In Video & Audio

How to Paint with Watercolour: David Austen Related Video & Audio How to Paint with Watercolour: David Austen 12 May 2011, Great British Art Debate

The Great British Art Debate presents a Watercolour technique workshop with artist David Austen. Students from Archbishop Tenison's School in London took a trip to David Austen's studio and learnt his in-the-moment Watercolour painting techniques.

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