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With my recent bodies of work, I have been attempting to catch small moments of life in paint. I work from found imagery, as well as self-produced imagery and fuse the images together to create spaces. These are where the moments occur. The concepts, which I touch upon, tend to be social and political. The works often have a dark spin to them, yet I feel there is usually some sense of beauty, hope, humor, or promise involved. I try to explore certain dynamics of life such as: beauty within horror, light within dark, calm within tension, quiet within chaos, or hope within despair. I don’t consider the works to be autobiographical, though my experiences and opinions do play a great part in their shaping. I find satisfaction in leaving most pieces without obvious, definite conclusions. I hope for the ideas in each piece to stretch out beyond my intended scope.
David Austin received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the College of Saint Rose in 1995. He has remained in the Capital District and shown artwork in numerous venues across the region.
David has earned awards for his work from the Arts center of the Capital Region, multiple Hudson Mohawk Regional exhibitions, and the Tri-County Arts Council. He has shown his work extensively since 1999. David has appeared in many group shows across the area, as well as several solo exhibitions.
David has given public presentations of his work at area colleges, such as Union College, the College of Saint Rose, and Berkshire County Community College. He has spoken at area schools, such as Schenectady High and Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Schenectady. He as also presented his work to the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network in Mayfield, NY.
David Austin resides in Troy, NY with his beautiful wife and children. He currently works as a studio assistant for the artist, Richard Prince.