Austin has exhibited with Postmaster’s Gallery, New York as well as Carl Kostyal’s galleries in Stockholm and London. In terms of influences, he’s inspired by Pop artists like Philip Guston, Roy Lichtenstein, and Mary Heilmann as well as traditional influences like Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci. Not to mention Pablo Picasso, Alex Katz and Elizabeth Murray amongst others.
When it comes to New York museums, Austin visits the Whitney, the Metropolitan, the Studio Museum, the Met Breuer and of course his neighboring MoMA PS1. To escape the isolation of the studio at the end of the day, he socializes in Brooklyn. But by morning, he’s back in there surrounded by his paints and complex computer systems. Look out for exhibitions coming up in LA, Shanghai, and Japan @austinleee.
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
Yes, when I quit my day job. I was supposed to fly somewhere for a meeting, but I woke up and realized that if I went on the trip I might not finish the paintings for my next show. I skipped the flight and never looked back.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Stuff happens. I do a drawing in my sketchbook and then I work it out on a computer using lots of different software and make a painting based on that. The order sometimes changes. It’s basically lots of drawing.
What piece of your artwork would you like to be remembered for?
Am I dead? If I’m dead I don’t care. If I’m not dead it’s something I haven’t made yet.
If you could work within a past art movement, which would it be?
I’d rather be working towards a future art movement.
How would you define beauty in 140 characters or less?
An experience that was worth your time.