Mishtu Austin

Mishtu Austin

My work is constantly seeking opportunities for experimentation and new ways to present my ideas derived from different cultures - the common links as well as the vast differences which exist in the world.

The unpredictability of the batik medium, especially on silk, inevitably provides an exciting challenge. The fluidity of the lines, the vibrant colours and textures peculiar to
batik, lead to new discoveries of expression and sometimes produce mysterious qualities as for example in 'Secrets of the Grotto', whereas music, which also plays a key element in my ideas helps to bridge the many different cultures. This is evident in some of my batik collage work depicting abstract landscapes and movement of forms. Both stylistically and thematically I try to explore different avenues of expression through form and decoration, colour and texture.
Work influenced by different cultures, ruins and ancient buildings affecting the local landscapes. Also historical references, mythology of different cultures and music greatly influence my work.
Career path
I was born and brought up in Kolkata, India, and learnt painting and batik at a private art academy under the exclusive guidance of various renowned professional artists. I now live in the UK with my family.

I have done some residences in schools and art groups, mainly in the Luton and Bedfordshire region, but I now concentrate mainly on commissions and exhibitions.

I have exhibited at various venues in the UK as well as abroad in Paris, Dubai and India, and my work hangs in the premises of the British Council, Kolkata; the Nehru Centre Indian High Commission, London; New Hall and Trinity Hall Colleges, Cambridge; as well as in a number of private houses both in this country and abroad.
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Location Cambridge, East