A view from below of a towering rock face in crisp moon light. Artist Stephen Austin heavily abstracted the scene, reducing the mountain to sharp geometric angles against the calm, almost painterly sky. Part of his ongoing Nocturnes series featuring otherworldly rock formations. Stephen began the piece with a red underpainting that shows through as a warm contrast to the cool blue night. He then focused on the strong light source to create dark, dramatic shadows. "I considered this, the use of negative space, in the overall composition where dark shapes assume an abstract pattern which complements the lighted subject," explains Stephen.
The painting is on heavyweight Arches oil paper mounted on a wood panel. The work arrives framed in a custom black floater frame, ready to hang.
Colorado-based painter Stephen Austin 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," explains Stephen. "The final image depicts highly geometric analysis and reconstruction of the subject." The forms are restless and dynamic; they appear to twist and roll through space. 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.