Brendan Austin was 15 when his parents took him out of school, “My father was in engineering, and his job took us all around the world. I must have lived in 50 houses by the age of 21.” This time the decampment was to Durban, on the east coast of South Africa. “I was half way through studying for exams in the UK when we moved, so rather than start a new school I carried on learning remotely. It meant I had a lot of time on my hands.” Time which, eventually, he filled with taking pictures.
Currently based between London and Stockholm, when pushed Austin will describe himself as a New Zealander. “But only because it’s where I was born. I am a Londoner really.”
Describing his images as “minimalistic and graphic,” light, and its influence on the landscape it reveals, is one distinctive constant in Austin’s work. “What I love most is to travel somewhere, and work out very quickly how to work with whatever natural light is available.”
2009 - Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, The Netherlands
2009 - Brindfors, Stockholm
2009 - Vassa Eggen, Stockholm
2008 - Gallery Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm - 'The Debris of Events'
2008 - AAF, New York - 'The Sleeping Mountain' - Figuration: Emblem or Allegory'
2008 - Miami Art Fair - Visual Arts Gallery
2008 - The Center for Photography, Stockholm - 'Sub Silento'
2006 - The Center for Photography, Stockholm - 'Landskap'
2006 - Humble Arts Foundation - Group Show #11
2002 - 291 Gallery, London - 'Nightshift' Video Installation
2001 - Norwich Arts Center, UK - 'Boundary'
2001 - Focal Point Gallery, UK - 'Boundary'
2000 - Focal Point Gallery, UK - 'Nightshift' & 'Stalactite'
1999 - The Photographers Gallery, London - 'Boundary'
New York Times
NK Department Store
RGK - Swedish National Bank
Wall Street Journal