David Austen’s work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture and film. He was born in Harlow, UK in 1960 and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. His works are held in many public collections including TATE, London, Arts Council England, Government Art Collection and British Council, UK, as well as in private collections in the UK, Europe and the US. He lives and works in London.

Biography

2011 Bryan Robertson Award
2009 Stanley Picker Fellow, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK
2004-5 Drawing Fellow, Wimbledon School of Art
1982-85 Royal College of Art, London, UK
1978-81 Maidstone College of Art, Kent, UK

Selected Exhibitions

2019
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, David Austen (forthcoming)

2018
TOTAH, New York, NY, The stars above the ocean… the ocean beneath the stars
Matt’s Gallery, London, UK, David Austen – The Drowned

2016
Ingleby Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, The light that fell upon us burned

2015
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Cogliandrino (MACC), Italy, Black Heart

2013
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Smoking Moon, film screening as part of Art Basel Miami Beach film program, Miami, USA
Ingleby Gallery, UK, Billboard for Edinburgh (public art project)

2012
Ingleby Gallery and the Edinburgh International Film Festival at The Burns Monument, Edinburgh, UK and at Rob Tufnell, London, UK, The Gorgon’s Dream

2011
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Papillion

2010
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK, Smoke Town and End of Love

2009
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again
Schiavo Mazzonis Gallery, Rome, Italy, Man Smoking 
Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK, The End of Love

2008
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, David Austen & Man Ray

2007
Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (cat. illus), David Austen
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Glitter
Locarno Film Festival, Italy, Crackers (film screening)

2006
Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, Smoking Moon
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, GREEN ELECTRIC MORNING (cat. illus)

2005
Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK, Froth on the Daydream

2004
PEER, London, UK (cat. illus)
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Darkland

2003
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Hard Times

2001
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Annandale Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Christ Church Mansion, Ipswich, UK, Edge of the World
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK

2000
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Happy City 

1999
Galerie Marianne Hollenbach, Stuttgart, Germany

1998
Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK
Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

1997
Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Mead Gallery, Warwick, UK (cat. illus)
Galerie Marianne Hollenbach, Stuttgart, Germany

1994
Anthony Reynolds, London, UK

1993
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1992
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

1991
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK

1990
Frith Street Gallery, London, UK (cat. illus)

1989
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK (cat. illus)

1988
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK (cat. illus)
Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

1987
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

1986
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK (cat. illus)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Jacob’s Ladder
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, TWENTY

2017
Chapter, Cardiff, UK, These Rotten Words

2016
TOTAH, New York, USA, Cosmic Connections

2015
Sarah Hardie EAF Performance, Edinburgh, UK, Songs For Someone Who Isn’t There

2014
The Drawing Room, London UK (co-curator) touring to De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, The Nakeds
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London UK, Slow Learner
Drawing Room, London, UK, Abstract Drawing

2013
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Once upon a time and a very good time it was…
Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain, On Paper
New Art Centre, Salisbury, UK, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?,
Drawing Room, London, UK, Drawing Biennial 2013

2012
Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain, Language Games. An Introduction to The Art of Our Times
Large Glass, London, UK, With An Apple I Will Astonish 
Tannery Arts @ the Drawing Room, London, UK, Working on the Inside
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Summer Exhibition
Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery, London, UK, The Artist’s Imprint

2011
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Ill Fare The Land 
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, Artists for Kettle’s Yard
Tate Britain, London, UK, Watercolour 
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK. One Another

2009
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, On The Lonely
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, No Shoes on the Carpet

2008
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk, UK, Better Than Grey a Serious Consideration of Colour
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, The Archer and The Goat
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, Conversations
Voewood Projects, High Kelling, Norfolk, UK, At Home
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, Order Desire Light
A Foundation, London, UK, 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art

2007
A Foundation, Liverpool, UK, ArtProjx at Greenland Street
Centro de Arte y Naturalexa – Fundación Bèulas, Huesca, Spain, La vida privada – Coleccion Josep Civit
Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland & Tannery Arts, London, UK, The Secret Theory of Drawing

2006
A Handful of Dust, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
Chung King Project, Los Angeles, CA: in association with The Drawing Room, London, UK, Flip: A Drawing Exhibition

2005
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Edition
The Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss (curated by David Austen)
MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain, Miradas y Conceptos
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue?
The Eagle Gallery, London, UK, In Focus
Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, UK, Remarkable 

2004
Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10 Years 
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, John Moore’s Exhibition 23 
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Painting 
Arts Council Collection, Draiocht, Dublin, Ireland, See it…Read it, Art with Words 
Galleri Bouhlou, Bergen, Norway, Chromophiles

2003
Cambridge, UK, Exodus, Kettle’s Yard (curated by David Austen)
Laing Art Gallery, London, UK, The Collection of an Invisible Man
South London Gallery, London, UK, Independence

2002
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Abstraction 
The Nunnery, London, UK, 3 x 2
Bloomberg Space, London, UK, Artaid 

2001
Galerie Kempfer, Munich, Germany. Yellow

2000
Archimede Staffolini Gallery, Cyprus, Y2K
The New Museum at Walsall, Walsall, UK, Blue

1999
Cairo, Egypt, Commission for the British Embassy 
Liverpool, UK, John Moores Exhibition 21

1998
Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK, Book 
National Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Source / Chanzo

1997
Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY, Marks and Traces
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, Antechamber
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK, A Cloudburst of Material Possessions
Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

1996
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery, Sunderland, UK, Take it From Here
The Tannery, London, UK, In Passing
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK, Absolute Vision: New British Painting in the 1990’s

1995
Buttler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland, The Contemporary Art Society Collection
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Made in L.A

1994
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Recent Publications – Editions and Monoprints

1993
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Painters’ Prints
Curwen Gallery, London, UK, WaterCOLOUR
Cubitt Street Gallery, London, UK, Strictly Painting
Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, Moving into View, Recent British Painting
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Spit in the Ocean

1992
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, Whitechapel Open
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Poiesis
Centre de Conference Albert Borshette, Brussels, Belgium, New Voices: Recent Painting For The British Council Collection (Catalogue)
Arts Council Gallery, Belfast, UK; City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK; Barbican Centre, London, UK, Twelve Stars (Catalogue)

1991
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, New Editions
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, Whitechapel Open co-selector

1990
Espace Culturel Graslin, Nantes, France, Mind the Gap (cat. illus)
Ciento, Barcelona, Spain
Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Poiesis
David Beitzel, New York, NY
Anderson O’Day Gallery, London, UK, The Theory and Practice of the Small Painting (curated by Tony Godfrey)
Zellweger, Basel, Switzerland, British Art 
Broadgate Art Project, London, UK

1988
City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, Object and Image: Aspects of British Art in the 1980’s
Norwich School of Art, Norwich, Vanitas, UK (cat. illus)
Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK, Atlas 3

1987
Riverside Studios, London, UK, Riverside Open
Franham College of Art and Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, On a Plate (cat. illus)

1986
Gimpel Fils, London, UK and touring to: Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY (cat.illus), Between Identity and Politics: A New Art
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Works on Paper
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK and the Exhibition Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Canvass: New British Painting
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, New Art

1985
Royal College of Art Degree Show, London, UK (cat. illus)
Solomon Gallery, London, UK, Young Masters (cat. illus)
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, New Art 2
Riverside Studios, London, UK, Riverside Open

Bibliography

2011
David Austen: Papillon, Jessica Furseth, www.thisistomorrow.info, October
Refreshing Watercolours, Matilda Battersby, www.theindependent.co.uk, 15 February
Q&A, Liz Jobey FT Magazine, 12 February

2010
The Guardian Guide, Skye Sherwin, 18 December
Gordon Brown’s ‘love inspired’ art collection, Roya Nikkhah, The Sunday Telegraph, 7 March
MPs falling into hell among artistic Labour of love, Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Sunday Telegraph, 7 March

2009
David Austen, James Clegg, Art Review, December
End of Love, www.qype.co.uk, 25 November
End of Love opens at Stanley Picker Gallery, Will Gore, The Surrey Comet, 25 November
Duncan Macmillan, The Scotsman, 3 November, Art reviews: A Model of Order; Concrete Poetry/David Austen
David Austen Edinburgh, The Guardian Guide, 24 October
David Austen: My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again, Rosalie Doubal, www.list.co.uk, 23 October
David Austen at The Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Giles Sutherland, The Times (Scotland), 20 October

2008
David Austen: Surfacing At The Crossroads, Martin Westwood, Turps Banana, Issue Five
David Austen and Man Ray, The Herald, 8 March
Dark futures with a nod to a surreal past, The Scotsman, 14 March

2007
I Have This Terrible Feeling; Heavy and Black; What’s David Austen Doing Making Films?, Martin Holman, Miser & Now, issue 10
David Austen, Cameron Irving, Untitled, Issue 42, Summer
Art Round-up, Lucy Bayley, The London Paper, 22nd May
David Austen, Jessica Lack, The Guardian Guide 12-18th May
Where the art is, Hugh Reilly, The London Paper, 16th May
Artprojx: David Austen, Kultureflash.net, 16th May
Where the magic happens, Helen Sumpter, Time Out, 9-15th May
Pleasure, pain and the art of opposites, Hannah Duguid, The Independent, 8th May
David Austen, Exhibition at MK G, MK News, 21st March
David Austen: Crackers, Gemma Tipton, A-N Magazine, March
David Austen, Milton Keynes, Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 10th February
The Secret Theory of Drawing, Tom Morton, Frieze.com, Tuesday 2nd January

2005
David Austen on Alberto Giacometti’s “Hour of the Traces” (1930), David Austen, Tate etc, issue 4

2004
David Austen, Morgan Falconer, Modern Painters, Summer
Stuff of Substance, Morgan Falconer, What’s on in London, 3-10 March

2003
Exodus, Jane Evans, a-n magazine, September
Bible Lessons, Joanna Pitman, The Times, 22 July
The sands of time, Sue Hubbard, The Independent, 22 July
Double Vision, Andrew Mead, The Architects’ Journal, 17 July
The List, Ruth Hedges, 3-17 July
Jessica Lack, The Guardian, 23 June
Exodus, Amber Cowan, The Times, 21 June
Exodus, Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 21-27 June
Peter Chapman, The Independent, 14 June
Exodus, Sotiris Kyriacou, Contemporary, issue 52
Austen in the Desert, Craig Burnett, Previews, Modern Painters, Summer
David Austen, Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 14-20 June
David Austen – Ingleby Gallery, Amber Cowan, The Times, June 7-13
David Austen, Scotland on Sunday, 8 June
Helen Pickles, Financial Times, 10/11 May

2001
Modern Painters, Artist commission, Winter
The Show asks: Only connect, Helen Clarke, East Anglian Daily Times 11 June
Around the Galleries: Edinburgh, Giles Sutherland, Times, Wed 14 February

2000
Artists who paint by digits, Sean Dodson, The Guardian, 30 November
David Austen, Izi Glover, Time Out, 12-19 April
Jorn Ebner, Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung, 8 April, Tiefer Griff in die Familienkiste
John McEwen, ‘Art’ Sunday Telegraph, 2 April
The colour that changed the World, Charles Darwent, Independent on Sunday, 20 February

1999
Glyn Hughes, The Cyprus Weekly, 17-23 December
Cyprus Weekly, 24-30 December
Frecher Hasenfuss, David Austen stellt Aus, Stuttgarter Zeitung N.245
Simerini, 15 December
Politis, 10 December
Alithia, 6 December
Philelefttheros, 6 December

1998
Light in a corner of the bar, John McEwen, The Sunday Telegraph, 31 May
David Austen, Susanna Beaumont, The List, 20 May

1997
Antechamber, Juan Cruz, Art Monthly, p.31-32, No 206, May
About Vision, Joëlle Rondi, Art Press, January, p.64-65
Once, twice, 74 times a lady, Kate Kellaway, Observer Review, 13 April
It’s all a matter of life and death, Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times, 6 April
David Austen, Andrew Lambirth, What’s On, 12-19 March
Cloud pleasers, William Feaver, The Observer, 9 February

1996
Crooked Style, William Feaver, The Observer, 17 November
It’s Young, it’s British, it’s Cool, John McEwen, Sunday Telegraph, 17 November

1995
A Dream without Sound interview, Paul Bonaventura, Modern Painters, September

1994
David Austen, Sue Hubbard, Time Out, 16-23 March
Exhibition highlights new wave of painting “unbound” for success, Geraldine Norman, The Independent on Sunday, 14 March
David Austen, David Pagel, Art Issues, No. 31, January/February

1993
Strictly Painting, David Lillington, Time Out, 10-17 March
William Feaver, The Observer, 28 February
Charles Hall, The Guardian, 12 February

1991
James Hall examines some new interpretations of Minimalism in the light of several current shows, James Hall, The Independent, 2 April
British Painting for the 90s, Tony Godfrey, Art in America, April
Jody Zellen, ArtScene, March
Kristine McKenna, The Los Angeles Times, February

1990
The Guardian, September
David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, Sarah Kent, , Time Out, 4-11 July
David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, Sue Hubbard, Galleries, June

1989
David Austen, Marco Livingstone (ed.), pp 23, 40 full colour illustrations, Kyoto Shoin International Co Ltd
David Austen at Anthony Reynolds, Tony Godfrey, Art In America, September

1988
Sarah Kent, Time Out, 16-23 November
Studies the Atlas, Sarah Kent, Time Out, Aug 24-31
Artbreak, Alice Lumsden, Vogue, July
Hung for Less, Sarah Howell, World of Interiors, June

1987
The Fine Art of Investing, Brian Sewell, Sunday Express Magazine, 29 November
Drawings and Sculpture, Sarah Kent, Time Out, 5-12 August
On a Plate, Sarah Kent, Time Out, 8-15 April
Flash Art, Barry Barker, February – March
Margaret Garlake, Art Monthly, January
Mark Currah, City Limits, 20-27 November
Preview, Margaret Garlake, Art Monthly, November
Works on Paper, Sarah Kent, Time Out, 6-12 March

1986
Between Identity and Politics, a New Art, Mark Currah, City Limits, 7-13 February
Between Identity and Politics: A New Art (Part 1), Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Arts Review, 31 January, vol. XXXVIII, no. 2
Riverside Studios: Open Exhibition, Mog Johnstone, Artline, vol. 3, no. 1
London, R. Costa, Juliet, December – January 1986, no. 23

1985
New Art I and II at Anthony Reynolds, Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Artscribe International, December 1985 – January 1986, no. 55
Sarah Kent, Time Out, 22-28 August 1985
On Paula Rego, William Feaver, The Observer, 8 September
New Art, Waldemar Januszczak, The Guardian, 27 August
New Art II, Nigel Pollitt, City Limits, 30 August-5 September

Publications

2018
the stars above the ocean the ocean beneath the stars, TOTAH, New York, NY
The Drowned, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK
2016
The light that fell upon us burned, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2015
Twighlight – A Wall of Gouaches, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2014
The Nakeds, The Drawing Room, London, UK
2012
The Roundel, 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, Art/Books Publishing, London, UK
2011
The Gorgon’s Dream, LemonMelon, London, UK
2010
David Austen: END OF LOVE, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
2007
David Austen, Milton Keynes Gallery, Buckinghamshire, UK
2006
GREEN ELECTRIC MORNING, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2005
Froth on the Daydream, David Austen, Broken Glass, UK
2004
Stood Up, David Austen and Rupert Thomson, Peer, London, UK
2001
Objects and Images from the Edge of the World, Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich, UK
1997
David Austen, edited by Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre, Coventry, UK
1992
Jean Cocteau: Tempest of Stars, Illus. By David Austen, Enitharmon Editions, London, UK
1990
David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
1989
David Austen, edited by Marco Livingstone, Art Random monograph, Kyoto Shoin, Japan

Selected Collections

UBS Art Collection
The Tate Gallery, London, UK
The British Council, UK
Arts Council of England, UK
Government Art Collection, UK

Articles & Reviews

2018

Hovey Brock, “DAVID AUSTEN: the stars above the ocean the ocean beneath the stars”. The Brooklyn Rail. May 2018.

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2017

Duncan Macmillan, “Art reviews: James Morrison | David Austen”. The Scotsman Magazine. January 2017

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2014

Editors, “Our Friend David Austen,”. Oliver Spencer Journal. November 2014

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2011

Matilda Battersby, “Refreshing watercolours”. The Independent. February 2011 .

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2010

Skye Sherwin, “This week’s new exhibitions”. The Observer. December 2010

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2009

Rosalie Doubal, “David Austen: My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again”. The List. October 2009.

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