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Chris Austin


Picture Within A Painting


Long Hair, Although She Fell Asleep and Got her Back Summer Cooked-Burned


Afternoon Lunch-Beach Edisto From Ocean


Studio Member since 2017


Chris Austin studied mechanics at Ferris State University; a background that is evident in the meticulous art making process. Thoughtfully composed works emerge from methodical planning that manifests through research, sketching, and assembling source materials.

Austin alternates between painting on canvas and hand-cut cardboard. This imbues his artwork with a fresh viewpoint and authenticity. Austin’s mechanical interest is further evidenced in 2-dimensional works in which he uses subject matter to break the linear border of the substrate.

Austin’s painting practice is grounded in realism with a nod to folk art. He layers elements within his paintings while intentionally overlooking volume and shadow. His primary focus is on “the composition [and] the colors”. This simplicity encourages narratives to emerge that are left open for personal interpretation and musing.

“Art is expressing yourself. I know how to make good art.”



Like Sirens
Circle Contemporary, Glenview, IL 2019
D6 Design + Art #12
Dock 6 Collective, Chicago, IL 2019
North Shore Awards Show
Circle Contemporary North Shore, Glenview, IL 2018

Portfolio work

Picture Within A Painting, 2018

Long Hair, Although She Fell Asleep and Got her Back Summer Cooked-Burned, 2020

Afternoon Lunch-Beach Edisto From Ocean, 2020

A Good Tan Female Reading A Good Book, 2020

The Elephant, 2020

Woman of Color, 2020

Sweet Black Sisters, 2020

  • Sold

A Friend FromEdisto, SC, 2020

Untitled, 2020

A Lunch At The Beach When It’s Raining Out, 2020

Chicago Hot Dogs, 2020

A Book or Newspaper, 2020

Friends From Edisto, SC, 2020

African Elephant, 2020

A Dancing Female, 2020

Flowers on a Desk Beside the Window, 2020

Holy Church, 2020

The Nurse, 2019

An Old Swamp House, 2020

Tri-Skiing, 2018

Miss Cloworth, 2019

Hand Toolbox Snap On, 2020

At the Park by Lake Michigan in Chicago, 2020

Birds, 2020

Man is the Moon, 2019

Squirrel Jungle Gym, 2017

Peace the Moon and Good Stars Around, 2020

Mumble Band, 2020

Miss Banana India, 2020

Tower Beach, 2019

A Female Visitor, A Honker, 2021

$4.60 Lunch or Quick Dinner-A Small Dessert, 2021

A Good Female 50 Years Wilmette On The Lake Michigan Shore, 2021

Good Time Party In San Fransisco, CA, 2021

Summer 2021, 2021

Sanyo Listener Painter, 2021