AUSTEN PINKERTON C.V.
Austen Pinkerton was born in 1951 in North Harrow, North-West London, and educated locally at Pinner County Grammar School.
On leaving school he began the architecture course at the Oxford School of Architecture, where he spent two years in full-time study, before it being suggested that he should consider transfering 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, for three years, graduating in 1976 with a Batchelor of Arts: Fine Art (Painting).
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 designing pubs in this country and abroad, notably Italy, France and Spain, and has also worked on refurbishments of the Law Society, and the Royal College Of Surgeons.
Meanwhile he exhibited his work widely, at numerous galleries,…in particular Blackheath Gallery, Krane arts, the contemporary arts wing of Krane Kalman, also The Talent Store, Graffitti Gallery, the Horniman Museum, and, repeatedly, at The Gloucester Gallery, Kensington, owned 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 his own gallery in East Dulwich, south London, ..'The Austen Pinkerton Gallery' , devoted entirely to his own work.
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. John's 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 it's owner.
Up until August 2007 he worked part time for the architect Richard Lincoln and also with the Interior Designer Chester Jones on, amongst others, Sir Ridley Scotts house in Hampstead. whilst continuing to paint, draw, and make sculptures.
From August 2007 to October 2008 he was working part-time for Chistopher Smallwood Architects, Fulham, London, as a Senior Architectural Technician/Architect whilst continuing to paint, draw, and make sculptures.
As a result of the recession, in 2008 he set up his own business in partnership with Stephen Street as a general builder, whilst continuing to paint, draw, and make sculptures on average two days a week.
Due to a presence on the American website: ‘Absolutearts’, and the British website: ‘Londonart’, he has to date been offered three exhibitions in the United States, three in the U.K., and group exhibitions in Poland and Hong Kong. One exhibition in the USA has so far taken place. He was also offered and an exhibition of his work has taken place in Southern Ireland at the Arkhangel gallery.
In 2011 he was offered a two year contract with the Corporate Art branch of the GX fine art Gallery in Camberwell, South London.
From late 2011 he began to enter for public competitions, (e.g.John Moores, BP Portrait award, Whitechapel Open, R. Institute of British Watercolour Artists, Pastel Society, R. Institute of British Artists, Cork Street Open,….. and has been shortlisted five times to date.
In July 2012 he had the picture ‘The Bay’ accepted for the Threadneedle Prize Competition at the Mall Galleries, central London.