Sam Austen, (b. 1986 lives and works in London) is a graduate of the Royal Academy schools and Chelsea College of Art & Design. Early animated cinema, graphic novels, horror film, and science fiction are particular influences on Sam Austen’s work. Primarily he produces 16mm films that utilise a range of in-camera multi-layered special effects, shooting an array of studio built objects, material and texts.
Austen is interested in creating an awareness of the image as a physical entity, something that wrestles with it’s non-physical nature, wrangling with an excessively expanding eye that flirts with both the virtual and the real. A constant vortex of looking and longing, both inwards and outwards of the image.
Selected group and solo exhibitions include Like Honey From A Weed, Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex (2017); Bearing Liability, Strange Cargo, Folkestone (2017); The Instability of the Image, Paradise Row (2013); V22 Collection Show, London (2013); You Aren’t Anything, You Are Everything, The Duchy, Glasgow (2012); TVOD, Transition Gallery, London (2011); and Angry Film, The Sunday Painter, London (2010). In 2009 the artist was awarded the ACME Studio Prize Chelsea.