in the restaurant



“So many levels and layering to this massive work… And the messages it communicates add a certain magnitude of significance to the urbanized/socioeconomic imagery being conveyed… Your narrative finds a way to breathe life into your work and your work impresses upon those thoughts and wisdom via your own signature color schemes and unique artistic structure that you cultivate as your own niche.”


I am a career artist living and working in Duluth, Minnesota. My work is a reflection of the amazing scenery and culture that this city offers. Humanity, Industry and Nature in cooperation and conflict are the staple themes of my abstract artwork. The art in this show has all been created here in Duluth.

I earned my BFA at NMU with a specialty in ceramic sculpture. 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. I am represented by ARDT Gallery in Southampton NY and Lizzard’s Art Gallery in Duluth, MN. I am also an Ambassador with Royal Talens art supplies and use their products in our livestream videos weekly on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. My artwork was recently featured in the movie “Merry Kiss Cam” in the gallery scenes. And will be featured as well in an upcoming film recently completed this fall.

As a recent transplant to Duluth my artwork reflects our family’s passion for becoming a part of this amazing community. The people of Duluth have welcomed us and embraced my art. We are looking forward to many years more here as our family and my artwork grows and evolves.

Be Well and #CreateWithoutFear,
David, Kristen, and Hugo Austin

in the atrium


These paintings are for us
They are infused with connection
May we intertwine slowly and in focus
They are shaped like clay
May we draw ourselves peace.
I have worked for beauty
Fast cars, hair salons, vacations
May we be pretty like a flower.
Flowers look like people
Wearing the most majestic crowns
May we be flower people.

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