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AUSTEN PINKERTON
NARBERTH, PEMBROKESHIRE - United Kingdom



Original Artworks (248)

Austen Pinkerton; Daffodils, 2021, Original Pastel, 35 x 45 cm. Artwork description: 241 Every year at this time I try to do a Daffodils picture. They represent Spring. This year an experiment: In Pastel on coloured Ingres paper. ...
Austen Pinkerton
Original Pastel, 2021
35 x 45 cm (13.8 x 17.7 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Self Portrait February 2021, 2021, Original Pastel, 48 x 34 cm. Artwork description: 241 Colour companion piece to January monochroma work...
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Original Pastel, 2021
48 x 34 cm (18.9 x 13.4 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Self Portrait January 2021, 2021, Original Drawing Graphite, 48 x 34 cm. Artwork description: 241 Just felt it was time to do another Self Portrait...
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Original Graphite Drawing, 2021
48 x 34 cm (18.9 x 13.4 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Indigo 13, 2020, Original Drawing Other, 37 x 55 cm. Artwork description: 241  December 18th, Narberth Art Group just before lockdown.  pencil drawing with pastel highlights on coloured ingres paper. ...
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Original Other Drawing, 2020
37 x 55 cm (14.6 x 21.7 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Picton Castle, 2020, Original Drawing Crayon, 42 x 28 cm. Artwork description: 241 Started it in the summer as a plein- air sketch in colour with Narberth Art Group, but when I got it home it seemed to acquire a life of its own. No apologies for the final result. ...
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Original Crayon Drawing, 2020
42 x 28 cm (16.5 x 11.0 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Picton Castle, 2020, Original Drawing Crayon, 41 x 28 cm. Artwork description: 241 Picton Castle.  Started it in the summer as a plein- air sketch in colour with Narberth Art Group, but when I got it home it seemed to acquire a life of its own. ...
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Original Crayon Drawing, 2020
41 x 28 cm (16.1 x 11.0 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Indigo Seated, 2020, Original Drawing Pastel, 38 x 55 cm. Artwork description: 241 Life drawing of artists model Indigo at Narberth Museum Friday 20th Niovember...
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Original Pastel Drawing, 2020
38 x 55 cm (15.0 x 21.7 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Bishop Vaughan, 2020, Original Drawing Pencil, 28 x 42 cm. Artwork description: 241 Another  on site  drawing  at St Davids Cathedral, last Friday 23rd October, in the Holy Trinity Chapel, a Narberth Art Group event, of one of the two statues in late medieval fan vaulted niches  statues look to me to be 19th century replacements of possibly reformation vandalised ...
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Original Pencil Drawing, 2020
28 x 42 cm (11.0 x 16.5 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Study In Grey And Blue, 2020, Original Painting Acrylic, 40 x 50 cm. Artwork description: 241 Stll life of resin casting of copy of antique sculpture. On table with mountainous landscape in background. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2020
40 x 50 cm (15.7 x 19.7 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Boots, 2020, Original Drawing Pencil, 42 x 28 cm. Artwork description: 241  These boots were made for walking, that s what they re gonna do . . . . . . . . the  cobblers bench  display at Narberth Museum. 42 x 28 cm. Pencil and Blender. Narberth Art Group, Friday October 9th. ...
Austen Pinkerton
Original Pencil Drawing, 2020
42 x 28 cm (16.5 x 11.0 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; The Fountain At Picton Castle, 2020, Original Drawing Pencil, 21 x 28 cm. Artwork description: 241 New drawing I ve just completed with the Narberth Art Group,  Narberth U. K.  Finished at home after mostly done on site :  The Fountain in the Lily Pond at Picton Castle Gardens . 28 x 21 cm. Pencil, blender,   some white gouache.  ...
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Original Pencil Drawing, 2020
21 x 28 cm (8.3 x 11.0 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Aeolus Of The Four Winds, 2020, Original Sculpture Stone, 28 x 23 cm. Artwork description: 241 Started this sculpture early this year, but have been working on and off on other pieces, so made slow progress. Think I ve finished it at last.  Aeolus, of the Four Winds , Limestone, 20 x 28 x 23cm high. Apart from a very rough test piece years ...
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Original Stone Sculpture, 2020
28 x 23 cm (11.0 x 9.1 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Giraldus Cambrensis, 2020, Original Drawing Crayon, 30 x 41 cm. Artwork description: 241 Just finished. Started well before lockdown at St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, UK It s of a sculpture in a niche in the fan vaulted chapel at the rear of the Cathedral.  Giraldus Cambrensis ,  Gerald of Wales  . Picture is 30 x 42 cm approx, Watercolour crayon and White ...
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Original Crayon Drawing, 2020
30 x 41 cm (11.8 x 16.1 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Rhododendron And Bumble Bee, 2020, Original Watercolor, 16 x 16 cm. Artwork description: 241 Have now finished all five of the flower series of small watercolours, possibly for greetings cards: Number five,  Rhododendron with Bumble Bee ,16 x 16cm, watercolour crayon. ...
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Original Watercolor, 2020
16 x 16 cm (6.3 x 6.3 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Tulip, 2020, Original Watercolor, 16 x 16 cm. Artwork description: 241 Just finished: Number four in a series of five small flower paintings  possibly as greeting card designs:  Tulip , 16 x 16cm, watercolour crayon. ...
Austen Pinkerton
Original Watercolor, 2020
16 x 16 cm (6.3 x 6.3 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Bluebells, 2020, Original Watercolor, 16 x 16 cm. Artwork description: 241 Small bunch of bluebell flowers...
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Original Watercolor, 2020
16 x 16 cm (6.3 x 6.3 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Three Small Sculptures, 1994, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 9 x 15 cm. Artwork description: 241 Three varied test pieces for different glaze finishes. ...
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Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 1994
9 x 15 cm (3.5 x 5.9 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; Rose And Bud, 2020, Original Watercolor, 16 x 16 cm. Artwork description: 241  Rose and Bud , Aquarelle crayon, 16 x16cm. Finished last weekend. Second in a  flower  series. ...
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Original Watercolor, 2020
16 x 16 cm (6.3 x 6.3 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; An Easter Daffodil, 2020, Original Watercolor, 16 x 16 cm. Artwork description: 241 Design foran Easter greeting card...
Austen Pinkerton
Original Watercolor, 2020
16 x 16 cm (6.3 x 6.3 inches)
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Austen Pinkerton; David, 2020, Original Drawing Crayon, 42 x 28 cm. Artwork description: 241 Just finished on Saturday  14th March :  David , at Narberth Museum Life Drawing group. Crayon   White gouache, 42 x 28 cm. ...
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Original Crayon Drawing, 2020
42 x 28 cm (16.5 x 11.0 inches)
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Artist Videos

Introducing the painting Footprints In The Sand
A Selection of Earlier Artworks by Austen Pinkerton Part 1
A selection of Artworks by Austen Pinkerton Part 1
Aeolus God of the Four Winds Work in progress


Artist Statement


Artists Statement Austen Pinkerton


If I turn my mind to it very quickly I can come up with several ideas for works …paintings, drawings, or sculptures.
Sometimes ideas come to me when I least expect it, or when my mind is on other things. Ideas can be related to my current experiences, or to my feelings about things that are happening to me in my life at that particular time. Alternatively they can be related to a current interest, or something that occupies my attention at that moment, and my ideas and feelings about which Id like to share with others.
A lot of my work is autobiographical…either directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously. It is frequently very personal, and expresses events or circumstances or experiences in my life.
I usually work in either Acrylic on Canvas, Crayon or Pastel, or both together, with Gouache, on card, Drawing in pencil, or Ink, or both, or with creating Sculpture…for which I use fired artists clay. Sculpture follows a completely different set of rules and values from two-dimensional art, obviously, I think of it as Drawing in three dimensions and I take this into account when creating mine. In all my works of art, however, or from whatever, they are made, what they crucially entail, to me, are craftsmanship and beauty, but above all content and meaning.
When I have an idea I execute it, and when I begin to execute it, at least after the initial layout phase, the creation process becomes to some extent automatic, especially the further into the work I get. I dont give a great deal of thought to what I am doing , but probably pay more attention to the music Im listening to than to the creative process ......especially since I very frequently will work on a picture upside down in its later stages. This may explain in part why I frequently do not understand how certain things have appeared in my works.
As a result of this it often happens that when I look at a work again that I’ve made, maybe after several years, that I will be surprised at how it has worked out, at why I did certain things, and especially what the work is ‘about’…i.e. it’s underlying meaning. Often I see the meaning of a work more clearly after coming back to it after many years.





Biography Austen Pinkerton


Austen Pinkerton was born in 1951 in North Harrow, north-west London, and educated locally at Pinner County Grammar School, leaving with nine O ordinary level, and four A advanced level passes.
On leaving school he began study at the Oxford School of Architecture, where he spent the first two years, before it being suggested that he should consider transferring to Art College, as a result of pictures he included in an end of term exhibition.
He then went to Goldsmiths College, London University, School of Art, graduating in 1976 with a Batchelor of Arts Fine Art Painting.
At Goldsmiths School of Art the Principal was Jon Thompson, later mentor to the likes of Damian Hurst, and his tutors included the artists Albert Irvin, Basil Beatty, and Andrew Brighton, later to be curator of public events at Tate Modern. The painting school was in the old Surrey Docks Office building, Rotherhithe, from which there was a burglary, and six of his paintings were stolen and none by any other student to his knowlege. None have ever been recovered.
After leaving Goldsmiths he returned to architecture in order to earn a living and subsequently worked for about 30 years part-time in a variety of Architectural- related fields, whilst continuing to Paint, Draw, and make Sculptures. For a while he was illustrating and designing the interiors of English traditional pubs in this country, and also, later, abroad,... notably Italy, France and Spain. He has also worked on interior refurbishments of the Law Society, and the Royal College Of Surgeons.
Meanwhile he exhibited his work at many galleries in London,…in particular The Blackheath Gallery, Krane arts, the contemporary arts wing of Krane Kalman, also The Talent Store, Graffitti Gallery, Gagliardi Gallery, and, repeatedly, at The Horniman Museum, South London, and the Gloucester Gallery, Kensington, run by Joan Catlin, former Registrar of The Royal College Of Art, and to one of which exhibitions Sir Eduardo Paolozzi visited by invitation to see his work.
Between 1990 and 1996 he opened and ran a gallery in East Dulwich, south London, ..The Austen Pinkerton Gallery , showing his own work. At this time he was commissioned to produce a series of illustrations for the Times Higher Educational Supplement.
He has had numerous private commissions, most notably three very large installed paintings at No 36 Wharton Street, Islington, which began initially with a picture for Major Hamish Forbes, Director of the Museum of the Order of St. John, St. Johns Gate, and former resident of Colditz. When this picture was moved to a new house another was commissioned by the new owner. and the same again when that moved with its owner.
Up until August 2007 he worked part time for the architect Richard Lincoln and also with the Interior Designer Chester Jones on High End Residential properties in central London. Included amongst these was Sir Ridley Scotts house in Hampstead.
Meanwhile he continued to paint, draw, and make sculptures.
From August 2007 to October 2008 he worked part-time for Chistopher Smallwood Architects, Fulham, London, as a Senior Architectural Technician.
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