visual artist

Chelsea, Québec, Canada

Richard Austin is a former art editor and graphic designer for Montral advertising studios and tabloid newspapers as well as a Canadian indie-filmmaker, painter and photographer. As a filmmaker, Richard created music videos and short films, including At Last..., a dramatic story about the reunion of two long-estranged sisters, and Heather Crowe’s Legacy, a documentary about one individual making a difference by galvanizing political and public health efforts to change Canadian legislation on smoking. 

Richard studied photography and fine art in Toronto (Toronto School of Art), Montréal (Dawson College), and Ottawa (The School for Photographic Arts). He has self-published several visual arts books and exhibited paintings and photographic images internationally. Richard is currently director of visual arts for Centre des arts La Fab sur Mill arts centre, a regional visual and performing arts cultural hub in Chelsea, Québec.

“Over the past five decades I’ve worked in different creative mediums: painting, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, graphics and book design. My oil portrait paintings created during the 1990s blended soft edges and textures, attempting to capture my subjects’ ethereal moods and dark emotions. In the last few years, I’ve been using acrylics to create compositions with more defined dramatic contours, focusing on abstract minimalist interpretations of still life and landscapes. These paintings project simplified and altered natural forms using limited colour palettes. Often in my creative work, I try to challenge perception, perspectives and assumptions about nature and reality.”

Richard’s paintings have a spontaneous, animated quality binding strong contours and shapes within a colourful, tonal palette.

Focus Magazine

Gallery exhibitions: 


    (Chelsea / Wakefield Artists Studio Tour (group.


   La Fab sur Mill Arts Centre (group) – Chelsea, QC


  Gallery Old Chelsea (solo) – Chelsea, QC

  La Fab Arts Centre (group – Chelsea, QC

  Chelsea / Wakefield Artists Studio Tour (group) – Chelsea, QC


  La Fab Arts Centre (solo) – Chelsea, QC

  Artprior Gallery (group) – Arnprior, ON

  Chelsea / Wakefield Artists Studio Tour (group) – Chelsea, QC


  La Fab Arts Centre (group) – Chelsea, QC

  Orange Contemporary Art Gallery (group) – Ottawa, QC

  Ottawa Little Theatre Gallery (group) – Ottawa, ON

  University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine Art Gallery (group) – Ottawa, ON


  Ottawa Little Theatre Gallery (group) – Ottawa, ON

  Exposure Visual Arts and Architecture Gallery (group) – Ottawa, ON

  La Petite Mort Contemporary Art Gallery (solo)– Ottawa, ON


  Cube Gallery (group) – Ottawa, ON

  Exposure Visual Arts + Architecture Gallery (group)– Ottawa, ON


  Languages of Life 31st Annual Art Exhibit (group) – Ottawa, ON


  Park Hotel Apartments Gallery (group) – Sydney, Australia


  New World Harbour View Hotel Wanchai Gallery (group) – Hong Kong


  Westmount City Hall Gallery (solo) – Montréal, QC


  Galerie Zazou (group) – Montréal, QC

Film direction:


  Isa – Christiane Claude and CC Club, 4 min. music video

  Night Time – Sister Hyde, 4 min. music


  Heather Crowe’s Legacy – 25 min. documentary

  At Last... – 28 min. drama


  Celebrating Public Health – 3 min. Health Canada public service announcement

  Making a difference for children of the world – 6 min. Health Canada public service announcement)

  Help is at your fingertips – 6 min. Health Canada public service announcement)

Published books and portfolios:


  1969 Once upon a time in Montréal



  Shadows + Light


Magazines and awards:


  School of Photographic Arts  A+ Competition; Analogue category award – Ottawa, ON


  School of Photographic Art A+ Competition; Printed book category award, third place award prize – Ottawa, ON


  Epson International Photographic Competition; Bronze award


  Bokeh - Photographers Annual portfolio and essay feature


  Focus Magazine Fine Art Magazine; Portfolio and essay feature


2019 - 2020

  Creative painting workshops - Gordon Harrison (Ottawa, ON), Rosemary Leach (Almonte, ON), 

2007 - 2010

  Photographic workshops – School of Photographic Arts, Ottawa ON


  Acrylic painting program – Toronto School of Art, Tom Campbell mentor


   Syllabic font design - Cree Communications Society, Chisasibi, QC


   Bachelor Certificate in Education Media Design – McGill University, QC