Henry Austin is a visual artist living and working in Portland, ME. Born and raised in Lander, Wyoming, he forever fell in love with the red dirt and juniper trees behind his home. In 2016, he earned his BA in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College.
Moved by the fake flowers blooming within his windowless studio, he began making pictures contemplating flowers as an antidote to grief and their role in memorialization. Alongside this work, he makes paintings that attempt (and fail) to understand the breadth of life.
In the spring of 2018, Austin co-founded, and now helps run, New System Exhibitions-- an alternative project space and exhibition venue for emerging, local, and regional artists in Portland, ME.
He feels that owning a horse has nothing to do with being a cowboy.
Exhibitions (solo, two-person, & group)
2022 Form and Gesture II, Interloc, Thomaston, ME
2022 We Love You, New System Exhibitions, Portland, ME
2021 Untitled, 2020, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
2020 2020 CMCA Biennial, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME
2020 Gardenship: First Voyage, Cove Street Arts, Portland, ME
2019 the Gardenship, The Pocket Gallery, Newark, NJ
2019 Noonside, Little Giant, Portland, ME
2019 The Missing Half-Second, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME
2019 A SALON AT SUGAR MOUNTAIN, The Magenta Suite, Exeter, NH
2018 LIMINAL, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME
2016 the cave, Edwards Center for Art and Dance, Brunswick, ME
2015 sofas on the spaceship, Bowker Barn, Brunswick, ME
2015 The White Sky Over Me, Edwards Center for Art and Dance, Brunswick, ME
2019 The Kindling Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation (courtesy of Space Gallery), Portland, ME
2015 McKee Photography grant
2014 Delta Sigma Arts Fellowship
2016 Bowdoin College, BA, Visual Arts, Brunswick, ME
2012 Lander Valley High School, Lander, WY