Graham Austin

G r a h a m   A u s t i n  O A M

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My work is generally in a pointillist style, which ultimately developed from indelible memories as a seven year old. We were camping on the south coast of NSW when I was rewarded by my father, an aircraft engineer and enthusiast, with an exciting seaplane joy flight. From the air, trees, rocks and people looked like spots and waves breaking on the beach like rolled out, stringy, cotton wool — landscape images simplified in a seven year old brain. Years later, these memorable images emerged from my subconscious whilst looking into deep valleys around Oberon, NSW, during painting excursions — images further reinforced by more flights and aerial fantasy.

After leaving school, Graham Austin worked in advertising as a senior creative executive, studying part-time at the National Art School, Sydney, from 1958 to 1963.

After leaving school, Graham Austin worked in advertising as a senior creative executive, studying part-time at the National Art School, Sydney, from 1958 to 1963.

He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Malaysia, Korea, Mexico and Taiwan.

The recipient of more than 35 art awards, he is represented in numerous corporate, government and private collections in Australia and overseas.

A Foundation Member of the Peninsula Art Society (1981), Austin served as PAS President (1986-89), Senior Vice President 1983-85, 1989-91 and Junior Vice President 1992-94. He was also Foundation President/Senior Vice President of the Drummoyne Art Society (1964-67).

He was Representative for the Arts, Warringah Bicentennial Committee 1985-87 and Committee Member, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, 1991-2001.

A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1972 and a Life Member since 1997, Graham Austin served as AWI President from 1989 to 2003.

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for his service to the visual arts.

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