Austin Young

Austin Young is originally from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His study at Parsons in Paris, France laid the foundations of a career in image-making that has spanned traditional painting and portrait photography, culminating in his signature use of nuanced visual language and pop-culture iconography. In many ways, he is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique. His trademark style and techniques have captured a broad palette of musicians, artists and celebrities including Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery and Margaret Cho, among others. Austin (austinyoung.com and austinyoungforever on instagram) often confuses personality and identity issues confrontationally and unapologetically in works that split gender roles, stereotypical constraints and socially-constructed identities.