North Shore Studio


Chris Austin was born in 1967 and has been a member of the Arts of Life since 2017. Austin studied mechanics at Ferris State University. This interest is evident in his thoughtfully composed works marked with cleanly lined, graphic shapes.

His current practice focuses on acrylic paint. The simplicity of his forms and brush strokes imbue a sense of folk art. “If I’m making a big painting, I need big brushes. Small paintings… little ones.”

Canvases painted with stylized images explore the artist’s memories. “Art is expressing yourself. I know how to make good art. I show people what I do.”

Selected Exhibits

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