Robbie Austin is an artist, a teacher, a father, and a husband – though that order fluctuates regularly. He lives in a 112-year-old house, in the town he was born, one-half mile from his high school alma mater, where he has taught for 18 years. Louisiana “bookends” his pilgrimage.
CalArts outfitted his art and philosophy. UCLA cultivated it.
Los Angeles gave way to Houston. Houston gave way to a studio fire and creative output shifted to his growing family. Louisiana called. They answered.
Robbie has exhibited from Los Angeles to New York, Houston to Frankfurt, and several places in between.
"They say you become the people you spend the most time with. I hope to become more like Robbie. Who is most like himself. Who is irrefutably a genius."
“If you spend 30 minutes with Robbie and don’t feel cleansed, you weren’t paying attention.”
“Robbie is very gifted, serious, intelligent, and his work is provocative.”
"When I first encountered Robbie’s work, I found myself in an interesting position as a viewer. I could never determine where the work was coming from."
“Robbie’s work combines a sophisticated and original notion of painting and sculpture, with a fascinating and moving representation of a unique personal mythology of his Southern upbringing.”
“Robbie’s work is at once engaging, imposing even, and yet oddly withdrawn and secretive.”
“If Austin’s work is any indication of the aesthetic potential of dividing one’s time between the nursery and the tool shed, then perhaps there is something to be said for clean living.”
“I know Robbie’s work is very seriously considered and thoughtfully executed. Robbie is making art for the sole purpose of exorcising his creative urges in any manner necessary. It has soul.”