Lucy Austin


Lucy Austin is originally from Yorkshire, now based in Bristol, South West UK. Working from the same studio for more than twenty years, she has developed her own particular brand of abstraction, which uses imagery from the urban landscape and her imagination. The work is a visually rich mixture of drawing, collage and painting.

Her education began with an Art & Design Foundation Course at Harrogate Art College (1984-5) followed by a degree in Graphic Design (BA Hons) at The London College of Printing (1985-88), later specialising in Fine Art Printmaking (MA) at Manchester Metropolitan University (1993-4). 

 After this she was awarded the Fine Art Printmaking Research Fellowship for a year at Cheltenham College of Higher Education (1995-96). She later developed her teaching practice gaining a PGCE Art at UWE (2002-03) and following that by working with Creative Partnerships, Bristol.

 Her work is shown nationally and has been selected for several prestigious awards such as The Jerwood Drawing Prize (2007/08/10), The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2014/15) and The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy, London (2014/20/22). Her paintings were selected for the Contemporary British Painting Prize (2018) and shown at Huddersfield Art Gallery and The Menier Gallery, London. She was part of British Contemporary Watercolour (2015) curated by Simon Carter which toured to Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, Bideford Art Gallery and the Oriel Art Gallery in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

 Her solo painting show “Analogue” with That Art Gallery, Bristol was in September 2019, she later showed in their group exhibition “L.A.T.E.”, in 2021.

 In 2016 she was elected Academician at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol where she regularly shows in the RWA Autumn Exhibition and the Secret Postcard Auction. She currently serves as a RWA Council Member.

“I use colours and textures derived from my imagination and the environment around me to develop abstract pictures. These are a mixture of drawing, collage and painting.
I love taking time over a picture and building up a series of layers which I hope gather an emotional intensity and depth.”



 Gallery images (from left):

  1. Lucy Austin Studio 2018
  2. Duologue i, watercolour on paper, 28 x 38 cm, 2015
  3. Duologue, watercolour on paper, 28 x 38 2015 (RWA Diploma work)
  4. Duologue ii, watercolour on paper, 28 x 38 2015
  5. Sketchbook page No. 5-6, 9 x14 cm 2017
  6. Sketchbook page No. 9-10, 9 x14 cm 2017
  7. Sketchbook page No. 21-22, 9 x14 cm 2017
  8. Sketchbook page No. 23-24, 9 x14 cm 2017
  9. Cypher, acrylic & collage on canvas, 122 x 91 cm,2019
  10. Anomaly, acrylic & collage on canvas 60 x 40 cm 2019
  11. Paperwork, acrylic & collage on canvas, 35 x 25 cm 2020 (Sold)
  12. Lollypop, acrylic &collage on canvas, 60 x 40, 2021
  13. 100.34 Drawing Series, ink & collage on paper, 14 x 9 cm 2021
  14. 100.25 Drawing Series, ink & collage on paper, 14 x 9 cm 2021
  15. 100.25 Drawing Series, ink & collage on paper, 14 x 9 cm 2021
  16. 100.25 Drawing Series, ink & collage on paper, 14 x 9 cm 2021



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