Using the figure as armature, Austin Eddy builds his works onto raw canvas with cut paper, canvas, and paint. Eddy’s figures communicate the full-spectrum of human emotion: they are playful, sad, kind, lonely, confused, or loving. Like the materials he uses, the tone of the works is raw, articulated in quick, but honest lines, curves, and shapes. The palette, dominated by various hues of black and brown, is determined chiefly by those materials: browns from canvas, yellows from wood glue or the reaction of gel medium on news print, whites from bleach, blacks from charcoal, and greys from pencil.
Eddy’s most recent works, the subject of our exhibition, are simple compositions depicting scenes from the artist’s personal and visual vernacular of flat-faced figures and impossible landscapes.
Austin Eddy (b. 1986) received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.