Come on down to the Zeitgeist Restaurant and Bar and see 31 paintings I made in Duluth. Titled Home and Place this show represents my experience of Duluth throughout this past year. As we all came out of a communal experience and began to experience the world again my color pallet became broader and brighter. 


I am a career artist living and working in Duluth, Minnesota. My work is a reflection of the amazing scenery and culture that this city offers. Humanity, Industry and Nature in cooperation and conflict are the staple themes of my abstract artwork. The art in this show has all been created here in Duluth.

I earned my BFA at NMU with a specialty in ceramic sculpture. I have pieces in the permanent collections at the University of Michigan, a painting sculptural installation at the Oakwood health system in Dearborn, a large public sculptural installation at Portage Public Library, and finished public sculptures for the Battle Creek Public schools through the W.K. Kellogg Expert in Residence program. I began my professional art career designing,
building, and installing public art. I have pieces throughout the state of Michigan. Many of my pieces are also in private collections around the world. I am represented by ARDT Gallery in Southampton NY and Lizzard’s Art Gallery in Duluth, MN. I am also an Ambassador with Royal Talens art supplies and use their products in our livestream videos weekly on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. My artwork was recently featured in the movie “Merry Kiss Cam” in the gallery scenes. And will be featured as well in an upcoming film recently completed this fall.

As a recent transplant to Duluth my artwork reflects our family’s passion for becoming a part of this amazing community. The people of Duluth have welcomed us and embraced my art. We are looking forward to many years more here as our family and my artwork grows and evolves.

Be Well and #CreateWithoutFear,
David, Kristen, and Hugo Austin