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Meet Austin: a New Zealand native residing in Byron Bay, NSW. Artist, graphic designer, creator, and founder of NITSUA.

With a distinct background in textile, product & print media designing, and art directing, Austin creates everything from street art & murals (noticeable all over Byron), to residential conceptual design (you’ll find his tables at The Tree House in Belongil), to tour posters and record covers (Wolfmother was a big fan). Not to mention commissioned pieces, retro wallpapers, videography, homewares and soft furnishings. His recognizable style with the use of stencils, brush, and spray paint, leaving traces of realism versus surrealism.

Although Austin’s career began in 1997 as a Graphic Designer in the fashion and skateboarding industries, he always had a drive to create unique artwork, and stray away from the norms and trends of the corporate industry. In 2003, his work was noticed by a well-known and respected Australian painter, Ken Done, and he began to express himself through an apparel line called Sidewalk.

Over the years, he created and collaborated with many other visionaries, and as his portfolio broadened, so did his inspiration, and the realization that his true desire was to reconnect to his love for his surfer/skater rat upbringing.

Austin’s next passion project became Early Skateboards, and organically his thirst for substance, culture, and street art became apparent. Shortly after, Austin began his solo venture NITSUA (Austin backwards): a brand concept conceived inside the corporate walls, and born into the freedom to “be”.

Education

Diploma of Arts

Exhibitions

2005 I “UPLYNUL TRETI ROK” – Coco - Wellington – NEW ZEALAND
2005 I “UPLYNUL TRETI ROK” – Pocket - Queenstown - NEW ZEALAND
2005 I “UPLYNUL TRETI ROK” – The Studio - Auckland - NEW ZEALAND
2007 I “I AM WHAT I THINK U THINK I AM” - Up there Arts Gallery - NEW ZEALAND
2011 I “PUSH FOR YOUR RIGHT TO SKATE” – Neverland - QLD - AUSTRALIA
2012 I “KEEP YOUTH” Marvel St Gallery – Byron Bay - NSW – AUSTRALIA
2012 I “FUTURE” Marvel St Gallery – Byron Bay - NSW – AUSTRALIA
2013 I “LOVE U LONG TIME” Marvel St Gallery – Byron Bay - NSW – AUSTRALIA
2016 I “PRESCRIBED DREAMING" The Fostered Gallery - Surry Hills - NSW - AUSTRALIA

Press

http://www.studiohomeonline.com/nitsua-byron-bay/
http://commongroundaustralia.com/byronbay/community/people-2/people-to-know-nitsua/
http://www.livebyron.com.au/nitsua-collective-retro-homewares/
http://www.byron-bay.com/blog/nitsua-street-visual-art/
http://www.lostateminor.com/2016/10/27/byron-artist-nitsua-transformed-city-surreal-artistic-wonderland/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Lost+At+E+Minor+New+Daily+Newsletter+-+28

Influences

mad steeze, mike makatron & the everfresh crew

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