Frank Austin, Artist
Working out of a light filled
studio in the Uplands area of the city, Swansea born, Frank Austin
has developed his experience of art along a scenic route of extensive
travel and multiple vocations including aerial rigging, welding,
tree felling in California, busking* in Europe, carpet fitting,
carpentry and more recently as a library designer for schools and
various institutes (see Austin
Designs). His wide range of interests are expressed
through a variety of mediums.
Familiarity with carpentry and
metalwork has helped Frank to develop an aptitude and feel for solid
materials, experience as a designer has instilled a knowledge of
colour and shape.
Frank's objective when creating a painting is simply to produce
a pleasing picture without hidden meanings or messages to be interpreted
by the viewer as he or she wishes. Frank's aims for the future include
a general desire for continuing improvement of his various styles
of art, especially in the development of a consistent impressionist
A love of the history and changing
scenes of his home town has inspired Frank to paint a series of
images of old
Swansea from the late Victorian era up to the
1960’s, Where possible Frank has sourced early colour photos,
but for any imagery before the 1960’s, an imagined colour
palate is utilised to interpret black and white photos. This body
of work will be exhibited in the near future.
- 7 stages of construction of a 3d image from preliminary sketch
to completed artwork
Frank's interest in a 3D
style of art was sparked by working as a library designer, creating
pieces to be incorporated into the library layout or as objects
in their own right. This type of work decreased around 2002 as Frank's
engagement with oil paints flourished, but the break has allowed
the exploration of new ideas and a fruitful resurgence of interest.
At the forefront of many influences
Frank would list Van Gogh, Turner, Canaletto, and the more recent
Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell and Howard Hodgkin. Formaldehyde,
unmade beds, video art, flashing lights and most installation art
hold no interest for him.
All paintings in the gallery
section are oil on board. All 3D images are made from MDF sheets.
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