Guy Austin
‘Saint Greta’, 2019
Painting, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 31 cm

Guy Austin is a painter based in Leeds, working in acrylics in an expressionist style. He has been painting for three

years and have had a solo exhibition in York at City Screen. His work is a mixture of the abstract and the figurative,

always searching for intensity, and inspired by Philip Guston's statement "I don’t want pictures, I want living things".

He is currently working on a series of socially and politically inspired paintings, including work on environmental

figures and on the homeless.

About the work:
An imaginary portrait of Greta Thunberg, depicting her as a modern-day saint. It comments on her importance as a

figure of quasi-spiritual global importance. It is not satirical but is expressionist. It asks the viewer, is Greta a holy figure?