I dedicated this painting to Benoit Mandelbrot, a French mathematician who worked in the area of fractal geometry and chaos theory. Here I personify the non-human form of a cloud by inferring walking movement. This painting is part of a series inspired by the theme of the atmosphere. I break forms such as clouds, air currents and the physical forms into highly geometric shapes.

- Stephen Austin

Cloud Walking
STEPHEN AUSTIN


Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2018

58.1" h x 64.1" w x 1.5" d
17 lbs. 0 oz.

$4,225

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Artist
Stephen Austin
Lakewood, Colorado

Getting to Know Stephen

Stephen Austin is a Colorado-based painter who creates intricate geometric abstractions that mimic the flow of energy throughout the universe. He observes that regardless of scale, whether inside a teacup or across the solar system, patterns of motion repeat themselves. His paintings reconstruct natural forces that connect micro- and macrocosms, such as traveling light, diffusing particles, and dissipating energy. “My art is straightforward in that it visually represents whatever the title may be. The final image depicts highly geometric analysis and reconstruction of the subject,” says the artist. The forms are restless and dynamic; they appear to twist and roll through space. Stephen works predominantly with vertically-oriented canvases to evoke the upward, weightless movement of clouds. To create his paintings, he begins by compiling several rapidly-drawn gestural sketches. Then, he reworks these sketches with close analysis to build the final composition. His work has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and he has had numerous solo shows in Colorado.