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About David Austin

I am a career artist living and working in Duluth, Minnesota. My work is a reflection of the amazing scenery that this city offers. Industry and nature in cooperation and conflict have been a staple theme of my abstract artwork for years.

I earned my BFA at NMU with a specialty in ceramics. 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.

Although ceramics was my first love over the decades I discovered my love of abstract painting. After owning a gallery and helping to begin an arts co-op I have decided to center my energies on my personal art and career.

My love of the arts began early. My mom, Sharyn, was a gifted artist and art teacher in Battle Creek, MI. My father, Earl, was a lifelong professional photographer with a keen eye and dry sense of humor. They always encouraged me to express myself through the visual arts which was a gift that I treasure every day. One of my favorite things to do as a parent myself is to create with my children. Painting, drawing, sculpting, sandcastles building... All of these activities with my children inform my studio work.

I am a Pro Ambassador with Royal Talens NA and use their products in our livestream videos. I am represented by ARDT Gallery in Southampton NY and Lizzard's Art Gallery in Duluth, MN.

Recently, I began to work with film makers in Duluth, MN. I am a crew member working in both the art department and heading up Locations Management on occasion. Merry Kiss Cam is the first film I was involved in and it features 13 of my original artworks. I am enjoying this unexpected career change and am welcoming the experience. I and my wife work together and we are looking forward to the next project!

Thank you for joining me on my journey. Check back often as I am adding new paintings and products often. Follow me on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok.


Park Point Art Fair 2022 - Awarded Best Overall Booth 

The Depot Foundation Arts and Culture Awards Display

The set of an upcoming film... Stay Tuned!