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 co-directs, 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.

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Exhibitions (solo, two-person, & group)

 

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    

 

Awards

 

2019    The Kindling Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation (courtesy of Space Gallery),   Portland, ME

2015    McKee Photography grant
2014    Delta Sigma Arts Fellowship

 

Education

     

2016    Bowdoin College, BA, Visual Arts, Brunswick, ME    

2012    Lander Valley High School, Lander, WY

All images copyright Henry Austin 2020