Today we’d like to introduce you to Austin Eddy.
Austin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in 1981 in Berkeley, California and was continually recognized for my talent in the visual arts as a child. As I continued my education, I was encouraged to pursue art as a career. In 2001, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I got hooked on animation and later received my BFA in 2005. After art school, I had the opportunity to work as an animator on some of the most successful films in the last decade. You have probably seen my work in Avatar, The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and other films. After ten years working in the film and animation world and living abroad in Wellington New Zealand, I returned to the United States in 2013 and decided to focus on my original passion of painting and fine art. I currently work and reside in Portland, Oregon where I teach workshops in fine art techniques at my studio and I teach illustration at the art school in Portland Oregon, Pacific Northwest College of Art. I continue to participate in group shows and have my first solo show coming up at Ford Gallery in Portland Oregon on June 27th, 2020.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never a smooth road! It seems like my path has always been along the twisty and bumpy roads! The most recent challenge that I have had to overcome is making the career transition from working as an animator to fine artist! I’m lucky that I have always enjoyed a challenge!
Please tell us more about your art.
Austin Eddy Art Studio is my studio space and business in Portland Oregon where I hold workshops in fine art techniques. I focus on figurative art, realism, surrealism, and narrative art. Throughout my career both in animation and in fine art, I’ve been recognized for my attention to detail and recently my ability to blend and combine elements of expressionism and realism with the attention to detail found in digital art. I think my unique perspective from my experience as an animator as well as a fine artist as well as my ability to teach and explain techniques across styles and media whether its digital animation or oil painting.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Los Angeles is a good place for an artist! Portland, Oregon is a great place as well, but for a completely different set of reasons. Big city’s like Los Angeles have thriving art markets and seem like they may have the infrastructure to support more artists. While the art market might not be as hot in a city like Portland Oregon, it might have a lower cost of living, etc. which can be attractive for artists. Its a trade-off, maybe.
- Address: Austin Eddy Art Studio
210 SE Madison Street
Suite 12, Box 6
Portland, Oregon 97214
- Website: AustinEddy.com
- Phone: 4153595347
- Email: AustinEddy@gmail.com
- Instagram: @austinoeddy
- Facebook: @theartofaustineddy
- Twitter: @austineddy