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About

Russell Austin was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1971 and studied Fine Arts in Sydney. Russell has exhibited his work in several group shows throughout Sydney and the Central Coast NSW with solo exhibitions in Newcastle and Gosford and work in an international collection in Edogawa, Japan.
He was winner of the UTBM art prize 2010, Sydney, the winner of the '5Lands Plein Air Art Prize' 2015 and has worked on nine major mural projects in the Gosford and Wyong regions.
Russell has been continuously Life Drawing/painting at various Sketch groups around the area since 1998 and held many teaching workshops with oil painting techniques.

Education

Diploma of Fine Arts

Exhibitions

Group and solo shows
2016 Figurative Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery
2016 Woy Woy Bay Art Show
2015 5 Lands 10th year Anniversary Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery
2015 5 Lands Plein Air Exhibition, KAB Gallery, Terrigal
2015 Mural launch, Kincumber Centre , Gosford Shire
2014 Mural launch, Banksia Centre, Bateau Bay, Wyong Shire
2014 Mural launch, Mann St Gosford
2013 Mural launch, Berkeley Vale, Wyong Shire
2013 Finalist in the Mortimer Art Prize
2013 Group Show/collaboration with Art Central/ERTH ‘Museum of our Futures Past’ (Imprints)
2012/13 Group show at Crowne Plaza, Terrigal,NSW
2012 Finalist in the Mortimer Art Prize
2012 ‘ Kariong-Capturing a Moment In Time’ - Erina Space Gallery
2011 Terrigal en Plein Air - Gosford Regional Gallery
2010 Under The Blue Moon, 'Through A Glass Darkly", Polymorph Gallery, Enmore(winner)
2010 'Arboresque' - Two man show, Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2008 Femme Fatale - Solo Exhibition, Who Art Thou Gallery
2007 Sneak Preview - The Wall Surry Hills, Ode to Nature- The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Gosford Art Prize - Gosford Regional Gallery
2006 Glamorama Exhibition - Cpt Cook Gallery Sydney, Rude Nude 4 - Grand Galley CC, Who Art Thou Group Exhibitions - Erina
2005 Art Is Alive - Grand Gallery CC and Metro Gallery Sydney, Mardi Grae Exhibition - Cpt Cook Gallery Paddington, Rude Nude 3 - Grand Gallery CC, Zooid Exhibition - Cpt Cook Gallery and Metro Gallery Sydney, The Very Bloody Expensive Art Exhibition - Grand Gallery CC, Rude Nude 3 - Metro Gallery Sydney, Lush Art Gallery - Surry Hills, The Real Refuse's Exhibition - Tap Gallery Paddington
2004 Ferrous Non Ferrous Exhibition - Grand Gallery CC, Suburbia Exhibition - Grand Gallery CC, Origins Exhibition - Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford Art Prize - Gosford Regional Gallery, Northern Exposure - Cpt Cook Gallery Paddington, Ferrous Non-Ferous - Cpt Cook Gallery Paddington, City Slickers Exhibition - Metro Gallery Sydney, Open Christmas Exhibition - Cpt Cook Gallery Paddington
2003 Rude Nude Exhibition - Grand Gallery CC and Brokenback Gallery - Hunter Valley, Oh My God Exhibition - Grand Galley CC, Under a Grand - Grand Gallery CC, Cross Section Exhibition - Erina Art Space
2002 Flesh Exhibition - Gosford Regional Gallery, The Contemporary Show - The Entrance Surf Club, Paintings in the Gardens Exhibitions - Gosford Regional Gallery, Cream Of The Crop Exhibition - Grand Gallery CC, The Plane Exhibition - Grand Gallery CC
2001 Solo Exhibition - Steep Stair Gallery, Newcastle
2001 Emerging Exhibition - Gosford Regional Gallery (High Commendation Award), Fabulous Fakes - Tuggerah Lakes (Peoples Choice Award),
1998 Fantasy Hall Gem Exposition - Broadmeadow, Newcastle
1990 Painted Moon Gallery - Katoomba
1988 Sydney Morning Herald Drawing Exhibition, Nagoya, Japan
Achievements
2015 Winner of "5 Lands Plein Air " award, Gosford Regional Gallery
2011 Winner of the 'Artist Choice Award' for the annual Terrigal en Plein Air Competition
2010 Winner of Under The Blue Moon 'Through a Glass Darkly' art prize, Sydney
Sydney Morning Herald Drawing Competition; Russell's work was sent to Nagoya, Japan for an exhibition and Certificate signed by Lloyd Rees
People's Choice Award for the Fabulous Fakes Competition/Exhibition
Drawing in the Gardens Competition; Painting sent to Japan as part of an International Collection
Curatorial Experience
Portrait Demonstrations, TV and Public Exhibitions
Part of a mobile Exhibition Art Walk through the streets of Sydney
Murals
Mural - Terrigal NSW
5 x Murals for GBID Gosford Business Improvement District
Mural/Bollards for Wyong Council at Long Jetty NSW (2013)
Mural for Banksia Community Centre, Bateau Bay – (2014)
Mural for Berkeley Vale Cellars (2014)
Mural, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre (2015)
Design installed on 2 Theatre entries, 'Art House' Performing Arts Centre ,Wyong (2016)

Press

2009 ‘Boost to CBD plan’ Mural article Sun Weekly
2009 ‘Mural centre of attention’ article Central Coast Express
2006/2010/2011 ABC Radio Interviews
2006 Art Collector Magazine -article/ photo
2005 Sunrise Program, 7 Network - Archibald Entry
2005 Daily Telegraph and CC Express - Archibald Entry
2005 Nine Network Television - Archibald Entry
2004 The Daily Telegraph Article/photo - Suburbia exhibition
2003 NBN News - Interview and painting the Magoo Portrait
2003 The Daily Telegraph and Sun Weekly - Photo of my painting Vivisection for Cross Section Exhibition
2003 Central Coast Express - article/photo - A touch of Italy at Home
2003 CC Express - article/photo, Magoo painting portrait of Barry 'Magoo' McGuiggin for cancer research charity auction,put on by Surf Rider Association
2002 Sun Weekly CC Edition - article/photo for Flesh Exhibition

Influences

Odd Nerdrum, James Gleeson, Norman Lindsay

61cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,600
42cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Drawings
$110
60cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Drawings
$110
42cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Drawings
$100
60cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$120
42cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Drawings
$110