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Life & Work with Austin Eddy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Austin Eddy who work was recently at The Pit (artist-run gallery in Glendale).

Austin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in Boston Mass in 1986. I received my BFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. I then moved to NYC in 2011 after graduation.

There was one year that I lived in Atlanta, otherwise I have been living and working in Brooklyn.

This is my first solo show in LA.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t feel like life is ever a smooth road. There are always roadblocks and obstacles that get in the way of personal growth.

I have found that being an artist has so many instances of self-doubt and insecurity.

I guess, just being human there are so many instances of insecurity.

I think at times, the largest struggle has been finding the inner motivation to keep moving forward.

Not to get caught in a feedback loop of negativity.

That can be like quicksand, quite difficult to get out of.

But, if you can just keep working, things will eventually change.

That is the one thing you can count on.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Over the past decade, I have worked in the visual arts. Particularly working with painting.

Sometimes I will make drawings and sculptures.

And in the past few years, I have been lucky enough to work with great some printers on a few different types of editions.

Though my main focus has been making paintings.

The paintings have taken shape in various mediums and have depicted various subjects.

Most recently, I have been painting birds.

My first solo exhibition in LA is of those birds and sun and moon.

The Show will be on view at The Pit until May 1st, 2021.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I feel like success is so subjective. But I have found that I feel most rewarded when I am able to challenge myself and push through a problem or painting.

To look in the mirror and make changes in the work that may not make sense.

Community has also been super important as well.

I think we all need each other to do great things.

Also, stick-with-it-ness has been hugely helpful in moving forward.

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