Danny Augustine’s print work deals predominantly with ideas of identity and gender, addressing how these themes are portrayed in today’s society in relation to male, female, transgender or homosexual individuals.
He often plays with the viewer’s perception of a work’s narrative, simultaneously balancing ideas of hope, power and carnal vice.
His practice also explores the representation of love and family: potential feelings and failed relationships that can often be distorted under the labels and restrictions of gender politics.
Danny Augustine (b. 1986) studied Fine Art at the University of East London (2012), and completed his MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2014. Recent selected exhibitions were held at Jealous Gallery, London (2016, 2015). In 2017 he has participated to the Molten Capital residency in Santiago, Chile.
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? My art hero is Tim Mara, he was a British screen printer who was making working the late Sixties till his tragic death in 1997. I saw his work when I was 20 and it made me want to make screenprints of my own.
Which work of art you wished you owned? I wish I owned a small Eduardo Paolozzi plaster sculpture. A friend of mine has one and it makes me sad that I don’t.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? I don’t have one main studio, I work from home and other print studios around London. I have a tiny laser printer that I absolutely love and take it around with me to wherever I’m working that day.
Describe your studio in three words: I prefer being able to make work wherever I am. I’m working on transfer prints at the moment because I can make large scale prints without huge print beds or equipment. So my words would be: ‘Wherever whenever’.
Do you collect anything? I have never collected anything. I’m not the same person long enough to build a collection of anything.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? I listen to a lot of music when I’m making work, it literally depends on what I imagine the piece would be doing in the world once I’ve finished it. The music definitely fuels how the works being made and what it looks like by the end of it.