David Austen

1960 Born in Harlow, Essex
2011 Bryan Robertson Award
2008-09 Stanley Picker Fellowship, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames
2004-05 Drawing Fellow, Wimbledon School of Art
1982-85 Royal College of Art, London
1978-81 Maidstone College of Art

Solo Exhibitions

2021 - 22 David Austen The Last Trapeze Artist, TOTAH, New York
2019 Underworld David Austen, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Scotland
2018 The Drowned David Austen, Matt's Gallery, London
The stars above the ocean... the ocean beneath the stars, TOTAH New York
2016 The Light That Fell Upon Us Burned, Basel Miami Beach
2015 Black Heart, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Cogliandrino (MACC), Contrada Timparossa, Basilicata, Italy
2012 The Gorgon’s Dream, Rob Tufnell Gallery, London
The Gorgon’s Dream, The Burns Monument, with Ingleby Gallery and the Edinburgh International Film festival, Edinburgh
2011 David Austen | Papillon, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2010 End of Love, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (cat, ill.)
2009 Man Smoking, Schiavo Mazzonis Gallery, Rome
My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
End of Love, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames
2008 David Austen & Man Ray, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 David Austen | Glitter, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
David Austen, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
2006 David Austen - Smoking Moon, Camden Arts Centre, London
David Austen – Green Electric Morning, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 Froth on the Daydream, Wimbledon School of Art, London
2004 Darkland, Peer, London
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2003 Hard Times, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Objects and Images from the Edge of the World, Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich (cat., ill.)
Annandale Gallery, Sydney
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 Happy City, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1999 Galerie Marianne Hollenbach, Stuttgart
1998 Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam
Inverleith House, Edinburgh
1997 Galerie Marianne Hollenbach, Stuttgart
Mead Gallery, Warwick (cat., ill.)
Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
1994 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1993 Cirrus, Los Angeles
1992 Cornerhouse, Manchester
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1991 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles
1990 Frith Street Gallery, London
1989 Cirrus, Los Angeles
Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham (cat., ill.)
1988 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (cat, ill.)
Arnolfini, Bristol
1987 Serpentine Gallery, London
1986 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (cat., Barry Barker, ill.)

Group Exhibitions

2022 The World We Live In: Art and the Urban Environment, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery and tour
2021 Everything Else is Everything Else, an exhibition of Jack Kirkland’s collection curated by Abraham Cruzvillegas , MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
2020 The Shadow, TOTAH New York
Summer/Winter Exhibition 2020, Royal Academy, London
2019 The Aerodrome An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley curated by Jonathan Watkins, George Shaw and David Austen, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
2017 These Rotten Words, Chapter Cardiff
2016 Cosmic Connections, TOTAH New York
2015 The Nakeds, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
2014 The Nakeds, Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London
Walk Through British Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
Slow Learner, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2013 On Paper, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain
Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, New Art Centre, Salisbury, UK
Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London, UK
2012 Language Games. An Introduction to The Art of Our Times, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helgade Alvear, Cáceres, Spain
With An Apple I Will Astonish, Large Glass, London, UK
Working on the Inside, Tannery Arts @ the Drawing Room, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
2011 The Artist's Imprint, Emma Hill Fine Art, Eagle Gallery, London
Template for Terror: The Revival of the Gothic, ICA London
Ill Fares The Land, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
One Another, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2010 Watercolour, Tate Britain, London
Summer Exhibition, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Face History, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2009 Gallery Artists, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
No Shoes on the Carpet, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles
Only The Lonely, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2008 Better Than Grey a Serious Consideration of Colour, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk (cat.)
The Archer and The Goat, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Conversations, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
At Home, Voewood Projects, High Kelling, Norfolk
Order Desire Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2007 Selected Works by Gallery Artists, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2006 Drawing 2007 – Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London
The Secret Theory of Drawing, curated by Caoimhim Mac Giolla
Leith, The Drawing Room, London
Among the Ash Heaps & Millionaires, Ancient and Modern, London
Film Club, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Art, London
Dream Box Vitrine, Tate Britian Archive, London (curated by David Austen)
2005 Flip, Chung King Project, Los Angeles
Edition, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, The Gallery, Wimbledon (curated by David Austen)
Miradas y Conceptos, MEIAC, Badajoz
In Focus, Emma Hill Fine Art, The Eagle Gallery, London
Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow and Blue, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2004 Remarkable, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London
10 Years, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam
John Moores 23 Exhibition, The Walker, Liverpool
Painting, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
See it … Read it, Art with words from the Arts Council collection, Draiocht, Dublin
2003 Chromophiles, Galleri Bouhlou, Bergen
Drawn 2B Alive, Hales Gallery, London
Exodus: Between Promise and Fulfilment, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (curated by David Austen, cat., ill.)
Independence, South London Gallery, London
2002 The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Artaid, Bloomberg, London
3 x 2, The Nunnery, London
2000 Abstraction, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (cat.)
Yellow, Galerie Kempfer, Munich
Blue, The New Museum at Walsall, Walsall
1999 Y2K, Archimede Staffolini Gallery, Cyprus
John Moores Exihbition 21, Liverpool
1998 Commission for British Embassy, Cairo
Source/Chanzo, National Museum, Dar es Salaam
1997 Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, Book
Slewe Galerie, Amsterdam
A Cloudburst of Material Possessions, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Antechamber, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1996 Marks and Traces, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
Absolute Vision: New British Painting in the 1990s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford and tour
In passing..., The Tannery, London
Take it From Here, Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery
1995 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Made in L.A., Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
Cirrus, Los Angeles
1994 The Contemporary Art Society Collection, Buttler Gallery, Kilkenny
1993 Enitharmon Press, Gilmour Gallery, London
Painters' Prints, Cirrus, Los Angeles
Singer Friedlander Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London
Spit in the Ocean, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Moving into View, Recent British Painting, Royal Festival Hall, London
Strictly Painting, Cubitt Street Gallery, London
1992 WaterCOLOUR, Curwen Gallery, London
Centre, Edinburgh; Barbican Centre, London (cat., ill.)
Twelve Stars, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast; City Arts
New Voices: Recent Painting For The British Council collection, Centre de Conference Albert Borshette, Brussels, (cat., ill.)
Poiesis, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
1991 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Whitechapel Open co-selector, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1990 New Editions, Cirrus, Los Angeles
Broadgate Art Project, London
British Art, Zellweger, Basel
The Theory and Practice of the Small Painting, curated by Tony Godfrey, Anderson O'Day Gallery, London
David Beitzel, New York
Poiesis, Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh
Ciento, Barcelona
1988 Mind the Gap, Espace Culturel Graslin, Nantes (cat., ill.)
Atlas 3, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Vanitas, Norwich School of Art, Norwich (cat., ill.)
1987 Object and Image: Aspects of British Art in the 1980s, City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
On a Plate, Farnham College of Art and Serpentine Gallery, London (cat., ill.)
1986 Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London
New Art, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Canvass: New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Canvass: New British Painting, the Exhibition Gallery, Milton Keynes
Works on Paper, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Between Identity and Politics: A New Art, Gimpel Fils
1985 London and tour, Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York (cat., ill.)
Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London
New Art 2, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Young Masters, Solomon Gallery, London (cat.,, ill.)
Royal College of Art Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London


2008 Huntingdonshire District Council, Commissions East


2014 Happiness, Channel 4
2012 The Gorgon’s Dream, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh
2011 Man Smoking, Reial Cercle Artístic, Barcelona
Crackers, ICA, London
2010 End of Love, Grundy Museum, Blackpool
2009 Crackers, Word/ Play, Cinema, ICA, London
Smoking Moon, BFI, Southbank, London
Man Smoking, Molise Cinema 7a Edizione Film Festival, Casacalenda
2007 Crackers, 60th Festival del Film Locarno, Locarno
Crackers & Smoking Moon, Artprojx and Greenland Street, Liverpool
Crackers, Artprojx, Prince Charles Cinema, London


2019 Underworld, DCA Dundee
2018 David Austen : the stars above the ocean the ocean beneath the stars, TOTAH New York
2018 The Drowned , essay by Hisham Matar, Matt's Gallery London
2017 The Light That Fell Upon Us Burned, Ingleby Gallery
2015 Twightlight - A Wall of Gouaches, Ingleby Gallery
2011 David Austen, The Gorgon’s Dream, LemonMelon
2010 End of Love, Modern Art Oxford
2007 David Austen, Milton Keynes Gallery
2006 David Austen, Green Electric Morning, Ingleby Gallery
2005 David Austen, ‘Froth on the Daydream’, Broken Glass, 2005
2004 David Austen and Rupert Thomson , ‘Stood Up’, Peer
2001 David Austen – Objects and Images from the Edge of the World, Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
1997 David Austen, edited by Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre, Coventry
1992 Tempest of Stars, selected poems by Jean Cocteau, translated by Jeremy Reed with drawings by David Austen. Enitharmon Press, London, signed limited edition of 75 including one individual etching
1990 David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, London, Signed limited edition of 100
1989 David Austen, edited by Marco Livingstone, Art Random monograph, Kyoto Shoin
David Austen, essay by James Peto, Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK
1988 David Austen, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
1986 David Austen Giotto's Dream, essay by Barry Barker, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London


2018 the stars above the ocean the ocean beneath the stars, H. Brock, The Brooklyn Rail
2017 Skies of Strathmore, D. Macmillan, The Scotsman Magazine
These Rotten Words, Niki Russell, Art Monthly
These Rotten Words, L. Lloyd, Art Review
2014 Our friend David Austen, Oliver Spencer Interview
2013 Gallery Round-up, S. Jones, The Herald
2011 David Austen: Papillon, Jessica Furseth,, October
Refreshing Watercolours, Matilda Battersby,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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
avid 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,, 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 (ill.)
Stuff of Substance, Morgan Falconer, What’s on in London, 3-10 March (ill.)
2003 Exodus, Jane Evans, a-n magazine, September (ill.)
Bible Lessons, Joanna Pitman, The Times, 22 July (ill.)
The sands of time, Sue Hubbard, The Independent, 22 July (ill.)
Double Vision, Andrew Mead, The Architects’ Journal, 17 July (ill.)
The List, Ruth Hedges, 3-17 July (ill.)
Jessica Lack, The Guardian, 23 June
Exodus, Amber Cowan, The Times, 21 June (ill)
Exodus, Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 21-27 June (ill.)
Peter Chapman, The Independent, 14 June (ill.)
Exodus, Sotiris Kyriacou, Contemporary, issue 52 (ill.)
Austen in the Desert, Craig Burnett, Previews, Modern Painters, Summer (ill.)
David Austen, Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 14-20 June (ill.)
David Austen – Ingleby Gallery, Amber Cowan, The Times, June 7-13 (ill.)
David Austen, Scotland on Sunday, 8 June (ill.)
Helen Pickles, Financial Times, 10/11 May (ill.)
2001 Modern Painters, Artist commission, Winter (ill.)
The Show asks: Only connect, Helen Clarke, East Anglian Daily Times 11 June (ill.)
Around the Galleries: Edinburgh, Giles Sutherland, Times, Wed 14 February
2000 Artists who paint by digits, Sean Dodson, The Guardian, 30 November (ill.)
David Austen, Izi Glover, Time Out, 12-19 April (ill.)
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 (ill.)
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 (ill.)
1997 Antechamber, Juan Cruz, Art Monthly, p.31-32, No 206, May (ill.)
About Vision, Joëlle Rondi, Art Press, January, p.64-65 (ill.)
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 (ill.)
David Austen, Andrew Lambirth, What’s On, 12-19 March (ill.)
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 (ill.)
Exhibition highlights new wave of painting "unbound" for success, Geraldine Norman, The Independent on Sunday, 14 March (ill.)
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 (ill.)
Jody Zellen, ArtScene, March
Kristine McKenna, The Los Angeles Times, February, (ill.)
1990 The Guardian, September, (ill.)
David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, Sarah Kent, , Time Out, 4-11 July (ill.)
David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, Sue Hubbard, Galleries, June (ill.)
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 (ill.)
1988 Sarah Kent, Time Out, 16-23 November (ill.)
Studies the Atlas, Sarah Kent, Time Out, Aug 24-31 (ill.)
Artbreak, Alice Lumsden, Vogue, July (ill.)
Hung for Less, Sarah Howell, World of Interiors, June, (ill.)
1987 The Fine Art of Investing, Brian Sewell, Sunday Express Magazine, 29 November (ill.)
Drawings and Sculpture, Sarah Kent, Time Out, 5-12 August (ill.)
On a Plate, Sarah Kent, Time Out, 8-15 April
Flash Art, Barry Barker, February - March (ill.)
Margaret Garlake, Art Monthly, January (ill.)
Mark Currah, City Limits, 20-27 November (ill.)
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 (ill.)
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 (ill.)