Careful, intimate analysis of structure, light and mass is the essential method I employ in my creative process. I believe the very act of observation brings the observed phenomena into existence. Transformation of this simple notion into a visual experience occupies the core of my art. I consider all objects of the Natural World with an equal level of scrutiny and importance. I look for patterns, geometries and coded redundancies that echo throughout our universe, be they as microscopic as spiral path of a subatomic particle, or as massive as the entire visual universe itself. Here scale is meaningless.
Of Technical Note
I generally work at a large scale, which compliments the visual impact tremendously. Indeed it is this initial impact, often perceived from a distance, which draws the viewer into the work where a more intimate connection between observer and the observed is achieved. I see the picture plane as a portal which beckons the viewer to enter. The oftentimes vertical orientation of my paintings suggests such a doorway.
On the subject of composition, I am of the opinion that a strong drawing is essential in creating a framework upon which my painting is structured. The application of pigment merely serves to compliment the initial drawing as an extension of drawing itself. I do not delineate a point where drawing stops and painting begins.
About Stephen Austin
Stephen attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as well as the Atlanta College of Art. Steve worked as an editorial illustrator and graphic designer during his years in Atlanta. Steve’s illustrations were published in Georgia Trend, Business Atlanta, The Journal of Atomic Scientists and Commonweal.
During the late 90’s Steve began to direct his energies towards the development of painting and sculpture. Although this period saw limited production, Steve’s sculptural, figurative and landscape paintings and drawings were shown in Atlanta at the Opus One and Lagerquist Galleries, as well as Gallerie des Arte in Sarasota, Florida. Steve was represented in the Denver area by Valkarie Gallery, Lakewood, Colorado.
Steve moved to Colorado in 2007. In 2015 Steve decided he would seek to exhibit his art. That year he entered into competition and won best of show at the annual Littleton Museum exhibit. A one-man show followed at the Littleton Museum. In 2016 Steve won second place in painting category at the annual Lone Tree Art Expo. In addition to exhibiting at Vakarie, Steve took part of a group show at the Brighton Armory in 2017 and two one-man shows, Non-linear Realities, in 2017 and The Atmosphere, in 2018.