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Samuel Austin Art

American, b. 1961

The practice of art constitutes  the highest and most unique form of human expression. I like to think of my drawings and paintings as having a sense of humility and accessibility about them while being quite serious about their artistic purpose. They are watercolors, often with the inclusion of gesso, sumi ink and ball-point pen. I pay attention to details. These works are made from the highest quality pigments and paper available.  My Artist Statement gives more information on why I spend so much time painting.

Beauty is reflected in honesty, humility and frugality. My painting is an effort to reveal these principles.

Through a process of creation/destruction/experimentation, back and forth I work on the paper. Gradually, I tease out the image. Nothing is predetermined. I use a very limited palette of watercolor pigment, gesso and ballpoint pen. I try to think of these materials in a very basic way. I have paper. I have pigment. And I have an emotional reaction to the subject matter. I try to work directly on the paper surface without field sketching or erasing. My goal is to preserve the freshness of the painting and reveal my beliefs about beauty by using the materials and treating the surface in these ways.

Most paintings are 20-60 layers.

Born 1962, Sam is an award winning & published Licensed Architect, loving family man, passionate environmentalist, forever rebel, an animal lover, musician and backpacker. Samuel Austin lives in Boulder, Colorado and continues to design homes and paint.

The Nitty Gritty
What am I buying? Or If I would re-phrase that: What am I buying into?

I am trying to propagate what I consider to be the beauty of imperfection. Being what we are and recognizing beauty in the evidence of survival. Scars, Wrinkles, Grey Hair, all of the beauty of the passage and build up of time. What I call the Fabric of Imperfection.

They are all painted on 300 lb watercolor paper by Arches unless noted otherwise. Canvas has been mounted to the back with PVA glue (this is a flexible archival glue used in book binding). Canvas prevents tearing, and feels beefy. The pigments used are of the highest quality.

Watercolor Pigment is either Windsor and Newton Professional grade, Sennellier or Graham. I like the latter two because honey is used in the binder, and I am a bee freak. The honey also adds to the luminosity of the work.

Ballpoint Pen is used in much of my work (almost all) I can get no meaningful answer on the archivability of this pigment. It will last longer than your life. This is all I know. I use Crystal Bic because I like it and Fisher space pen because it writes upside down and in vertical position.

Sumi Ink. This is used on occasion. Very archival, typically produced in Japan or China this pigment is often used in tattoos. I have several using this ink.

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PONDERELLA, Watercolor Painting by Samuel Austin
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Ponderella, Watercolor Painting by Samuel Austin Watercolor and Ballpoint Pen, Coated with a barrier layer of Acrylic and then UV inhibitor, backed by canvas and gessoed. Ponderell...
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21st Century and Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

TWILIGHT ZONE
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Watercolor & Ballpoint Pen 400 lb arches CP mounted to 1/2 " Plywood Sealed with UV inhibitor 6Lb. 1/2" thick Loose Art
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

COLORADO TEA LEAVES
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Watercolor & Ballpoint Pen, sealed with UV inhibitor. Abstract Owl in a swirl of weather. Signed lower left corner.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Pen

SYMBOSIS
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen and Walnut ink. Mounted to 1/2" Plywood. This painting was conceived as an abstract relationship between two mutually dependent animals. A bird and a Rhino...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

SHUCKING THE CORN
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Shucking The Corn, Painting by Samuel Austin Watercolor and Ballpoint Pen, Coated with a barrier layer of Acrylic and then UV inhibitor, backed by canvas and gessoed. The practice ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

VICTORIAN CITRUS
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Victorian Citrus, Painting by Samuel Austin Watercolor and Ballpoint Pen, Coated with a barrier layer of Acrylic and then UV inhibitor, backed by canvas and gessoed. The image of a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

DO NOT SEEK THE TREASURE
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Do Not Seek The Treasure, Painting by Samuel Austin Watercolor and Ballpoint Pen, Coated with a barrier layer of Acrylic and then UV inhibitor, backed by canvas and gessoed. This p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

HAVE SOME FRUIT
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Watercolor & Ballpoint Pen on Paper Biography Through a process of creation/destruction/experimentation, back and forth I work on the paper. Gradually, I tease out the image. Nothin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Ballpoint Pen, Watercolor

QUEEN OF LIFE
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Watercolor and Ballpoint Pen, mounted to 1/2" Plywood. Ready to hang. This beautiful Diva has roses climbing up her hair where three house wrens are nested. Biography Through a pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

PIANO DREAMS
By Samuel Austin
Located in Boulder, CO
Piano Dreams, Abstract Painting by Samuel Austin Watercolor and Ballpoint Pen, Coated with a barrier layer of Acrylic and then UV inhibitor, backed by canvas and gessoed. Abstract ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Samuel Austin Art

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Watercolor, Ballpoint Pen

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VICTORIAN CITRUS
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COLORADO TEA LEAVES
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