David Austen

30 November 2016 - 28 January 2017

Ingleby, Booth L1 Miami Beach Convention Center 1- 4 December 2016


Ingleby is closed 16 December 2016 - 4 January 2017 (inclusive) For the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach Ingleby Gallery will present a dedicated exhibition of work by David Austen.


Austen’s multi-faceted work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture and film. Engaging with sources as diverse as poetry, literature, ancient myth and 20th century cinema the impetus of his work often derives from his immediate surroundings: a chance encounter or remark, a book cover, a newspaper headline, a person glimpsed from the window of a moving bus, or a truck passing the studio window loaded with an incongruous array of objects on its way to the scrap yard next door. Removed from their original context these fragments assume new meaning within a dreamlike narrative populated by figures, flowers, trees, abstractions, words and signs that are deftly woven across different mediums. There is comedy in Austen’s work, a delicacy of touch and a delight in the unexpected, but also a dark side illuminated by passion and beauty and love. David Austen was born in Harlow in 1960 and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. His work is in many public and private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA. He lives and works in London.