In Chris Austin’s surreal paintings, the overlooked giants of the ocean make their way across landscapes and suburban settings. His recent show with Antler Gallery, titled “Unfamiliar,” offered new work from the artist, who often focuses on the elegance and plight of nature and its inhabitants.
“His work utilizes a surrealist vision of the natural world to tell stories about significant encounters and incidents. A little girl in a yellow rain slicker stands in for the viewer in several works, bearing witness to levitating sharks and orcas as they move through the woods. The inexplicable nature of these scenes draws us into a world out of kilter, its central figures displaced, and ask us to reflect on our own assumptions about the natural order of things.”