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The subjects of Austen’s theatrically-staged work have been described as strange and lovelorn characters. Fascinated with the Egyptian idea of weighing souls, and the balance between gravity and weight, the artist imbues objects from immediate surroundings with ideas from 19th century literature, poetry, myth and film noir. Floating in negative space, they exude a serene solidity. Austen considers Dr. Seuss as on par with Picasso, and his objects seem animated, conveying a lively and generous humor with disarming nuance. 

Austen has exhibited at Matt’s Gallery, London (2018), David Totah Gallery, New York (2018); Modern Art Oxford (2010); and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2009). His work is held in collections such as Tate, British Council, Arts Council England and the Government Art Collection.


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