Faces of Denver-Drew Austin
Drew Austin is a multidisciplinary artist working in Denver, CO. His studio space is in the historic Temple building in Denver’s RiNo Arts District. He grew up in a small town in Montana and came to Denver to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where he graduated with his BFA in August of this year. His current focus is painting and experimental film.
He finds Denver’s arts community to be a supportive place, where other artists are approachable, accessible, and helpful. Moving to Denver was a pivotal time in his growth as a person.
Drew describes his work as abstract and he is interested in the artists process. He is influenced by the natural world and replicates what he sees around him in his work. He keeps things raw by leaving marks or notes left in the margins of his final paitings. He is also interested in gender and masculinity. He sees the human body as a landscape, and tries to make the connection between the natural world outside, the human form, and abstraction.
He is currently working on a body of work titled “Unsolicited Collaborations”. He collects items that other artists have discarded and salvages them. He adds to them, creating something of his own, exploring what artists choose to discard verses what they see as art.
Drew has a show running at The Fire House Art Center until December 3rd. He will also be at the Denver Art Museum on December 16th and 17th from 12-3pm doing a live demonstration of his painting process.
You can see his art, including some from “Unsolicited Collaborations” on his website http://www.studiodrewaustin.com and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drew_austin4567/