Austin Eddy creates paintings that borrow their imagery from a myriad of sources; this most recent work employs reoccurring visual vocabulary passed down through the history of painting. The compositional tools of Matisse, Picasso, and Avery act as a jumping off point for Eddyʼs renderings of colorfully patterned, melancholic interior spaces. Modest sized canvases depict interiors furnished with tables, books, flower-filled vases, houseplants, and works of art that surround the roomsʼ ambivalent inhabitants. In the background we find windows leading us out to the great beyond, acting as a place for escape and release within the image for the figure depicted, as well as for the viewer. Through these windows we see surreal landscapes, this time Eddy takes his cues from more contemporary painters, like Peter Doig and Yayoi Kusama. Both the interior and exterior spaces provide a range of opportunities for experimentation with the flattening of illusionary space, which at times the artist renders virtually abstract by building up layers of acrylic, enamel, oil, olored pencil, puffy paint, glue, nail polish, & spray paint. GOLDENʼs East Gallery will display small canvases depicting singular vignettes of flower/plant arrangements.
Austin Eddy received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Recent shows include Big Youth, Corbett V. Dempsey (Chicago), Artists Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), and Meta-Paint, Harvard University (Cambridge).