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Graham Austin OAM

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Graham Austin has spent his painting life searching to capture thespirit of the aerial landscape, whilst capturing a cartographic expression of spotted abstraction.

" I see the Australian landscape as hard, harsh and unforgiving, not necessarily always poetic. "

With an almost pointillist style Graham has interpreted the Australian landscape from the air and from high points in the natural landscape looking across to wards the horizon touching the sky. Alluding to the expansiveness of the Australian landscape as it merges into to the distant skyline.

Austin identifies with the traditional spirit of the landscape in his aerial cartographic abstractions, capturing the vastness of the central desert and less occupied regions of Australia. He has travelled and painted widely in Australia including the Kimberley region Western Australia, Tennant Creek and Barkly areas of the Northern Territory, Bathurst and Melville Islands.
His aerial perspective is uniquely his own and he atributes this to the influence from his first flight when he was a young child.

"The remembered images were astounding....trees and rocks looked like spots...the rolling surf, like cotton wool, rolled and extended. A very primitive image that remained embedded in my mind, tangled in youthful exuberance."

Graham Austin continually revisits that early first impression of the land in conjunction with an adults understanding and sense of spirit emanating from landscape patterns long recognised traditionally but still "interpreted from a primitive vision of a seven year old self."

Graham Austin was Awarded Order of Australia Medal [OAM] in 2006 for services to the Arts.

Graham Austin has engaged in many highly regarded roles in the Arts including: Foundation President/ Senior Vice President, Drummoyne Art Society 1964-67;Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute [AWI] since 1972;AWI President 1989-2003 and AWI Life Member since 1997;AWI Emeritus President and Vice President 2003;Foundation member of Peninsula Art Society [PAS] 1981;Representative for the Arts, Warringah Bicentennial Committee 1985/86/87; President, Peninsula art Society [PAS] 1986-89; Senior Vice President [PAS] 1983/84/85/89/90/91;Junior Vice President [PAS] 1992/93/94;Committee Member, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, 1991-2001

Austin is a regular invited Judge at major art award events and has exhibited widely in Australia, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Malaysia, Korea, and Mexico.

Bibliography:
Australian Watercolour Institute. A Gallery of Australia's Finest Watercolours. Text by Peter Pinson, Jean Campbell, & Peter Laverty. Phillip Mathews Book Publishers 2006
Australian Watercolour Institute. 75th Anniversary 1923-1998. AWI, The Beagle Press,1998
Australian Watercolour Painters. 1780 to the present day. Jean Campbell, Craftsman House 1989
Warringah 1988, A Celebration by its Artists and Writers. Warringah Shire Council
Artists and Galleries of Australia Max Germaine, Craftsman House 1990, 1984
Australian Watercolour Painters 1780-1980. Jean Campbell, Rigby 1983
Encyclopedia of Australian Art. Allan McCulloch, Hutchison 1984, 67, 64
Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand. Max Germaine, Lansdowne 1979, 72

Public Collections:
Manly Art Gallery, Lismore Art Trust; Drummoyne, Ryde, Waverley and Pittwater Councils, Montrose Wines, Tooheys, Tomago Aluminium, Trinity Grammar, Scotts College, Kincoppal College, The Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick, Elcom Credit Union, International Museo de la Acuarela Mexicana, Hornsby Bestowed Art Collection

Private Collections:
Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Japan.


Solo Exhibitions:
(Selected)
2005
1994
1989
1988
1987
1981

Tamburlaine Wines ,Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
A.R.T. Gallery, Balgowlah.
North Sydney Contemporary Gallery.
Menzies Hotel, Sydney.
Gallery One, Stanmore.
Nature House Gallery, Cremorne.

Two Person Exhibitions:
(Selected)
2008
2005
1993
1986
1974
Taylor Galleries, Summer Hill, Sydney NSW.
Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney NSW.
Glen Street Theatre, Belrose NSW.
Imprint Gallery, Surry Hills NSW.
Munster Arms Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Group Exhibitions:
(Selected)
2013
2012

2011
2010

2008
2007
2006

2004

2002


2000
1998
1996

1995

1994

1992
1991

1990
1988

1982,81
1981
1977-8
1977

Walking the Landscape, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Collector's Choice 2012, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Tradition and Transformation, Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition Taichung City, Taiwan and Mosman Regional Galley, NSW
Seven Australian Watercolour Masters, Artsite Gallery, Camperdown.
5th Grand Festival Asian Watercolour Exhibition, Busan Biennale, Korea: The Asia Meeting in Aquacolours.
4th Asian Grand Watercolour Painting in commemoration Busan Biennale, Korea.
AWI Exhibition, Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery.
VII International Watercolour Biennale, Mexico City, Mexico.
3rd Asian Grand Watercolour Festival, Busan Biennale, Korea.
VI International Watercolour Biennial, Mexico City, Mexico.
2nd Asia Watercolour Festival, Busan Biennale, Korea.
V International Watercolour Biennial, Mexico City, Mexico.
Asia Watercolour Festival, Busan Biennia le, Korea.
AWI exhibition,Wollongong City Gallery.
IV International Watercolour Biennial, Mexico City, Mexico.
III International Watercolour Biennial, Mexico City, Mexico.
Segunda Bienal International De Acuarela, Mexico City,Mexico.
Wagner Gallery, Hong Kong.
International Watercolour Ehibition [Eposician InternationalAgrupacion de Acuarelistas] Vascos, Bilbao, Spain.
Primera Bienal International De Acuarela, Mexico City, Mexico.
Australian Watercolours, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver. [Received Commendation].
AWI exhibition, Newcastle Regional Gallery.
Blackheath Gallery, London, UK
AWI exhibition at Newcastle Regional Gallery.
Australian Paintings, Barcelona, Spain.
Bicentennial book Exhibition,Warringah 1988 -a celebration by its Artists and Writers.
Museo de la Acuarela, Mexicana,Mexico
Hesley Gallery, Canberra.
Travelling exhibition, Australian Watercolours , New Zealand
108th Annual Exhibition American Watercolour Society, USA

Awards:
(Selected)
2006
2005
2002
2002
1998
1998
1993
1993
1993
1991
1991
1991
1990
1987
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1979
1979
1979
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1977
1970
1969
1969
1967
1967
1964
1962

Awarded OAM for service to the visual arts as a painter
Royal Easter Show, Watercolour, Third Prize.
Central Coast Festival of Arts, Wyong, Elcom Open Award; [Acrylic].
Central Coast Festival of Arts, Wyong, Traditional Prize; [Acrylic].
Currabubula Winsome Busby Prize; [Acrylic].
Australian Artist Magazine National Watercolour Prize.
Royal Easter Show; Rural Prize [Oil].
Royal Easter Show; Watercolour 3rd Prize.
Waverley Art Prize; Watercolour.
Berinba Art Prize; Watercolour 2nd Prize.
Goulbourn Art Award; Watercolour, Equal First.
Raymond Terrace Tomago Acquisitive Art Award; [Oil].
Royal Easter Show; Birds in Landscape, 2nd Prize.
Warringah Art Award; Local Prize, Watercolour.
Willoughby Art Prize; Traditional [Acrylic].
Royal Easter Show; Watercolour.
Warringah Art Award; Watercolour.
Warringah Art Award; Contemporary Prize, [Oil].
Mudgee Art Award; Still Life Prize, [Acrylic].
Quirindi Art Award; Open Contemporary 2nd Prize,
Grenfell Art Award; Watercolour.
Mudgee Montrose Purchase Award; [Acrylic].
Mudgee Art Award; Watercolour Prize.
Wellington Art Prize; Watercolour 2nd Prize.
Drummoyne Art Award; Modern 2nd Prize.
Manly Art Gallery Purchase Award; [Acrylic].
Gunnedah Tooheys Acquisitive Art Award.
Lismore Art Trust Purchase Award; Watercolour.
Royal Easter Show; Watercolour.
Hunters Hill Art Award; Watercolour.
Rockdale Art Award; Watercolour.
Hunters Hill Art Award; Watercolour.
Ryde Art Award; Watercolour.
Blue Mountains Art Award; Watercolour.
Mirror Waratah Festival Art Award; Watercolour.
Drummoyne Art Award; Local Watercolour.

Publications:
(Selected)
Australian Watercolour Institute. A Gallery of Australia's Finest Watercolours. Text by Peter Pinson, Jean Campbell, & Peter Laverty. Phillip Mathews Book Publishers 2006
Australian Watercolour Institute. 75th Anniversary 1923-1998. AWI, The Beagle Press,1998
Australian Watercolour Painters. 1780 to the present day. Jean Campbell, Craftsman House 1989
Warringah 1988, A Celebration by its Artists and Writers. Warringah Shire Council
Artists and Galleries of Australia Max Germaine, Craftsman House 1990, 1984
Australian Watercolour Painters 1780-1980. Jean Campbell, Rigby 1983
Encyclopedia of Australian Art. Allan McCulloch, Hutchison 1984, 67, 64
Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand. Max Germaine, Lansdowne 1979, 72

Magazines:
(Selected)
Graham Austin, Views from Afar, Artist's Palette No 42 including: Canola Farms and Approaching Storm
Australian Artist No 210 December 2001 Volume Eighteen, Number 6. Page 24, Featured Artist. The Spotillist Technique in Watercolour with Graham Austin
Australian Artist No 195 September 2000 Volume Seventeen, Number 3. Page 62/ 3, Guest Artist. Graham Austin, Illus. Sailing Past on a windy Wednesday. Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 213cm.
Australian Artist Watercolour Annual '98 Guest Artist Graham Austin, Front Cover Illus. "Brown Mountain" 51 x 76cmWinner of Australian Watercolour Annual 1998 Aquisitive Watercolour Art Prize.
International Artist Vol 1 No 3, October/ November 1988 Bi-monthly Master Painters of the World, Australian Showcase. Graham Austin, Illus "Rainforest Gleam"
The NSW Freemason Volume 30 Number 5 October 1998 Page 15/16/17 Celebrating a Vision Article and illustrations celebrating 75th Anniversary ofthe Australian Watercolour Institute, by Graham Austin.
Australian artist No 144 June 1996, Volume Twelve, Number Twelve. Pages 36/ 37 Exclusivity with a purpose Article on AWI by Graham Austin. Illus Tree Fern and the She Tree.
Australian Artist No 136 October 1955 Volume Twelve Number Four. Pages 18/19 The Quiet Artist, Frank McNamara OAM Tribute article by Graham Austin.
The Lion Incorporating Lang Syne & Foundation NewsPublished by the Editorial Committee of The Scots College.Volume 3 No 4 December 1993. Back cover illus "1893-1993 Utinam Patribus Nostris Digni Simus"Scots College Centenary Celebration painting by Graham Austin.
Australian Artist No 76 October 1990 Volume Seven Number Four. A Pointilliste Explores a New Technique Illustrations and Article by Graham Austin.
Public Collections:
Manly Art Gallery
Lismore Art Trust
Drummoyne, Ryde, Waverley and Pittwater Councils
Montrose Wines
Tooheys, Tomago Aluminium
Trinity Grammar
Scotts College
Kincoppal College
The Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick
Elcom Credit Union
International Museo de la Acuarela Mexicana
Hornsby Bestowed Art Collection

Private Collections:

Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Japan.

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