Today we’d like to introduce you to Austen Segal.
Hi Austen, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was raised in San Diego and went to school for sculpture at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I continued to study furniture and interior design in Europe while painting full time. Currently, I am focusing on my commission-based work and my couture jewelry and handbag line.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road at all. In art school, I actually had a hard time in all of my painting classes and failed them all. I have always had the desire to create abstract work, and in school, the focus was on more traditional styles. Not fitting into that classical mold made it very difficult to succeed. I worked for my dad for a period of time and actually did property management. All my life, I have struggled with dyslexia and I found painting to be my form of expression. I continue to need help with writing, and this interview is no exception. At 24, I started doing art full-time as a career. Art is my love language and that can be seen today in the amount of emotion I put into every piece I create.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I emotionally express myself in my painting and installation designs, which encompass details of love and the intricacies of human emotion. My range of work includes line drawings, abstract paintings, large-scale murals, sculptures, architectural accents, and I have recently launched a couture jewelry and handbag line.
One of my most recent and largest projects to date has been The Diega Building in Downtown San Diego. I was given free reign to paint the entire lobby by hand, and the trust that was given to me on this project was unheard of. It was truly an amazing and fulfilling experience.
My ability to work within different mediums, try new processes and use a wide range of materials allows me to continue to grow and evolve as an artist and not be limited to one specific style. I think my ability to transition seamlessly through these mediums allows me to adapt to different projects.
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I’ve been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and been fortunate enough to travel and to have met some amazing and inspiring people.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: austensegal.com
- Instagram: @austensegal
Personal Photo: Photographer Taylor Scalis