Sam Austen was born in 1986, London studied at Chelsea College of Art before graduating from the Royal Academy in 2017. He lives and works in London. A selection of solo and group exhibitions include: Drawing Biennial 2017, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2017); Sam Austen, Marte Eknaes, Andrew Mealor, Laure Genillard, London, UK; Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2016); Let's Get Inside Everything, MilMa, London, UK; Tara Has No Rooms Inside, Fountayne Road, London, UK; Drawing Biennial 2015, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2015); Tomb, Shrine, Survey-marker, Spare part, Enclave, London, UK; Dreamland, Garis & Hahn, New York, NY, USA; A Cool Drink To Cheek, Sam Austen and Fani Parali, Plaza Plaza, London, UK; Such Animals, Paradise Row, London, UK (2014); Action! Moving Image Abstraction, Soho House, Miami, FL, USA; Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum, London, UK; Obscured Exchange, APT Gallery, London, UK; The Instability of the Image, Paradise Row, London, UK; V22 Collection Show, V22, London, UK; Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London, UK (2013); Young London, V22, London, UK; You Aren't Anything, You Are Everything, The Duchy, Glasgow, UK (2012); Seconds, The Sunday Painter, London, UK; TVOD,Transition Gallery, London, UK (2011); Angry Film, The Sunday Painter, London, UK (2010); A Mouth To Suck Your Sap, Sam Austen and Alex Rathbone, The Sunday Painter, Bold Tendencies III, London, UK.
Sam Austen’s work is inspired by early animated cinema, graphic novels, horror films, and science fiction and draws on a history of expanded cinema, which seeks to push the boundaries of cinema and reject the traditional one-way relationship between the audience and the screen. Austen primarily produces 16mm films that utilise a range of in-camera multi-layered special effects by shooting an array of studio-built objects, material and texts. Interested in creating a sculptural awareness of film as a physical entity Austen’s films are immersive and visceral; often working to create a consciousness of space and body throughout the experience.