David Austen (1960 – )
David Austen was born in Harlow in Essex. He studied at Maidstone College of Art and later at the Royal College of Art in London. His paintings tend to be on a small scale, with the paint applied in thin layers. His titles are evocative and rarely descriptive, but rather carefully suggesting a realm that lies between abstraction and representation.
To abstract means to remove, and in the art sense it means that artist has removed or withheld references to an object, landscape or figure to produce a simplified or schematic work. This method of creating art has led to many critical theories; some theorists considered this the purest form of art: art for art’s sake. Unconcerned as it is with materiality, abstraction is often considered as representing the spiritual.