‘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?