Austin considers himself to be a landscape artist, both the urban and rural. His travels to different countries have given him the opportunity to acquire source material for his work. Always fascinated by the urban landscape of the city; the fire escapes of the brownstone buildings in New York, the fish market in Tokyo, the mixture of the old and new, he tries to convey a sense of place.
He was born in South Wales, and his printmaking career began during his foundation year at Dyfed College of Art. He then moved to London in 1980, and continued with printmaking part time at Morley College, the City Lit, Putney School of Art and classes at the Slade School of Art while working full time in the Civil Service. In 2017, he took early retirement in order to concentrate on my print career full time.
Austin has a Fine Art and Masters degree from the Sir John Cass School of Art (London Metropolitan University) and in 2011 was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and the Society of Graphic Fine Arts (SGFA).