Ken Auster

Trained in illustration at California State University, Long Beach, Ken Auster left the restrictions of life as an illustrator and developed his own quick and loose painting style capturing the beauty and activity of life on the California Coast and beyond. He shares with his viewers uncomplicated but moving stories on canvas – simply and effectively, documenting the ordinary in an unordinary manner. As one famous critic described – “each painting captures a moment in time charged with a hint of narrative drama. And each is rendered with such vibrant immediacy that a single glance excites other senses as well.” Auster teaches some 11-12 workshops a year, which he considers important to keep himself from becoming isolated. He never really planned on teaching but has found he has a knack for it. Still devoted to surfing, Auster prefers to paint while traveling or following the surf to avoid the day-to-day distractions of business. He has been painting in the plein air style for approximately 9 years and says that painting on location “keeps you honest.”
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Chef Suite

Culinary Muses to Inspire Your Cooking Renowned for his classic surf art and urban street scenes, artist Ken Auster brings his bold and dynamic signature style into the kitchen. His favorite Italian restaurant inspired him to paint chefs. “I’m interested in the light and shadows created by the working chefs, and it allows me to add a storyline to the scene. In addition, restaurants conjure up good times,” Auster says. A charming suite of three canvases to inspire your favorite cook or connoisseur in their own kitchen.
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Coastal Cactus

Ken Auster´s Contemporary California Impressionism took on new dimensions when he created these two eight-foot landscapes of the Southern California coast. In the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios and into nature to capture the effects of sunlight and atmosphere, it was quite revolutionary.Today it’s a familiar concept.“Artists come to the Laguna Beach area from all over the world because of the light, the way the sea affects the atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the beach and surrounding hills,” says artist Ken Auster, who´s own fresh style works classic plein air magic in the studio. “I work only in oils and my paintings are very ‘juicy,’ very loose and very of-themoment.” Auster has an exceptional eye for chromatic subtleties and his understanding of color and light are on display in this pair of dramatically out-sized Southern California landscapes, the first two of this new series. A lifetime can be spent filling in the details as the eye travels, catches and circles around through each of these landscapes.The four foot wide MasterWork™ canvases (half the size of the original paintings) will transform any room they grace.You can almost smell the land, heat and sea breeze in these West Coast landscapes.
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Counter Culture

Although renowned as a “plein air” painter, Ken Auster’s “culinary arts” paintings prove just how exciting documenting the ordinary in an extraordinary manner can be.“Color makes or breaks a painting,” says Ken. His stew of rich, broad strokes and vibrant colors, workaday life of restaurants with impressionist-inspired murals, and chefs at work in kitchens, gives us a savory taste of his fine art. With the passionate intensity and dexterity of a master chef, Auster creates a delicious recipe all his own. It’s no wonder his spontaneous and dynamic brushwork has attracted the attention of collectors. Gallery owners are talking about the “overnight success” of Ken Auster, but the reality is those instincts and talent have been honed through years of study and practice. Knowledgeable collectors have been buying his originals for years. Here is the opportunity for the rest of us to catch up.
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Dempsey´S Bar N Grill

Jack “the Manassa Mauler” Dempsey held the world heavyweight boxing title between 1919 and 1926. He was known for his aggressive punches, colorful personality and exciting fights, many of which broke attendance records. Dempsey’s impressive skills and tenacious attitude secured his place in American history and popular culture. It is Dempsey’s renowned rough-and-tumble style that inspired the setting of Ken Auster’s newest painting, Dempsey’s Bar ‘n’ Grill. Depicted here, a lone bartender pours out a drink before a mural of George Bellows’ 1909 painting Stag at Sharkey’s. The dynamic scene in the mural provides a contrast to the calm actions of the bartender in the foreground. Artist Ken Auster’s restaurant scenes, including his Murals I Wished I’d Seen series, combine the clamor and vivacity of the restaurant business with exuberant brushwork and compelling composition.
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Forest From The Trees

Ken Auster´s Contemporary California Impressionism took on new dimensions when he created these two eight-foot landscapes of the Southern California coast. In the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios and into nature to capture the effects of sunlight and atmosphere, it was quite revolutionary.Today it’s a familiar concept.“Artists come to the Laguna Beach area from all over the world because of the light, the way the sea
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La Jolla Light

To say that artist Ken Auster’s West Coast MasterWorksTM make a bold impression is an understatement. Based on original paintings that are nearly eight feet tall, Auster’s Fine Art Limited Edition landscapes will bring an impressive view into any room with their coastal mist and crashing surf in the background. Auster’s latest release, La Jolla Light,is the third in his series of seaside landscapes that began with Coastal Cactus and Forest from the Trees. All three will delight collectors of contemporary impressionism. “We’re looking south to Bird Rock in La Jolla,” Auster says of his latest painting. “The original sketch was done on location and this sketch was turned into the painting in my studio. What I love about the location, and hoped to translate to the painting, is the fringe of energy created by the consistent movement of the ocean, the atmosphere of California and the edge between land and sea, with grey-silver light framed by the famous torry pines. This is a private glimpse of a world so peaceful yet so explosive at the same time.”
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