Born in Lincoln, England in 1964, Daryl Austin came to Australia and settled in Adelaide. He is painter and lecturer of painting at the Adelaide Central School of Art. Austin is currently represented at the Greenway Art Gallery (GAG), in Adelaide. GAG has consistently supported Austin, hosting at least 6 solo exhibitions over his career.

Austin studied a BA in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia 1983 – 1986. In 1987 he became a member of the South Australian Workshop, and remained so until 1992. He was granted residency at the Fremantle Arts Foundation, Western Australia in 1991. A solo exhibition was held in conjunction with this residency, titled 'Chance, Choice, Artifice and Repetition’.

Austin’s work has been exhibited as part of selected group exhibitions since his graduation in 1986. He held his first solo exhibition in 1989, 'Recent Works’ at Club Foote Gallery in Adelaide. In 1992 he was included in the 2nd Adelaide Biennial at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Austin’s talent has been recognised by numerous awards, starting in 1993, when he won two separate distinctions, the EVA Award, Adelaide and the Kernewek Lowender Art Prize. Subsequently he won the Santos Whyalla Art Prize (1997) and the City of Whyalla Art Prize (2002). In 2003 he was awarded the University of Adelaide – Vice Chancellor Portrait Commission and in 2005 the Parliament of South Australia – President of Legislative Council Portrait commission.

Austin began lecturing in Painting at the Adelaide Central School of Art and the University of South Australia in 2001. In 2006 he was instated as the Head of Painting at the Adelaide School of Art, where he continues to lecture.

Daryl Austin’s work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Legislative Council, Parliament of South Australia in addition to several corporate collections in Australia.

Writers:
Downer, Stella
Date written:
2006
Last updated:
2013