Brendan Austin

  • <em>Papermountains 06,</em> archival inkjet print on aluminum, 2012, Courtesy of Galleri Jonas Kleerup Papermountains 06, archival inkjet print on aluminum, 2012, Courtesy of Galleri Jonas Kleerup
  • <em>Papermountains 10,</em> archival inkjet print on aluminum, 2012, Courtesy of Galleri Jonas Kleerup Papermountains 10, archival inkjet print on aluminum, 2012, Courtesy of Galleri Jonas Kleerup
  • <em>Papermountains 08,</em> archival inkjet print on aluminum, 2012, Courtesy of Galleri Jonas Kleerup Papermountains 08, archival inkjet print on aluminum, 2012, Courtesy of Galleri Jonas Kleerup
     


Artist Biography

Over a period of 15 years, Brendan Austin’s artwork has encompassed photographing numerous locations including a nuclear submarine base in Ukraine, a radio telescope in Latvia, the hidden tunnels under London and more recently, a number of trips to Middle Eastern deserts and mountains.

“I would say that my upbringing played a crucial role in what I do now, and the subject matter of my work.” Austin was 15 when his parents took him out of school: “My father was in engineering, and his job took us all around the world. I must have lived in 50 houses by the age of 21.” This time the decampment was to Durban, on the east coast of South Africa. “I was halfway through studying for exams in the UK when we moved, so rather than start a new school I carried on learning remotely. It meant I had a lot of time on my hands.” Time with which, eventually, he filled with taking pictures.

Recent projects have explored the idea of our relationship to the vastness of nature. Creating fictional landscapes by using various techniques, Austin attempts to question how we perceive both the reality of the image and how we experience the world around us.

Austin has exhibited at various galleries and institutions including the Center of Photography, Stockholm; Focal Point Gallery, London; Photographers Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, The Netherlands and a recent solo show at Kleerup Gallery in Stockholm.