Danny Augustine’s Intuitive Ink Drawings And Doodlings

July 24, 2015 by moray mair


Danny Augustine‘s ink drawings take us on a trip through his unconscious, each picture an intuitive expression of his past and present, of memories and experiences, of external and internal impulses, of 24 hour news. 

Using pen and ink Augustine begins with an empty mind and a sheet of paper. And what starts with a random splash soon grows into an exploration of his concerns, feelings and the forces that influence his life, his process determined by a lexicon of particular colours, forms and lines. His evolving drawings grow out of a random movement and into a more articulate expression of his being, an unknown landscape that he traverses, bringing us with him, each image born out of memories and experiences and 24 hour rolling news; the Syrian civil war, the earthquake in Nepal, the posturing of North Korea.

This automatic drawing harks back to Surrealism and artists such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Jean Arp and André Breton, who developed the form as a means of expressing the subconscious. And in these doodles, these watercolours, we get an insight into the mind of a young artist determined to synthesise the deluge of information that has become a hallmark of our age. Here’s what he has to say about his work:

Each one of my pieces shall represent an emotional stepping stone within my life and find their own spot in the art world. For me, I never have a set idea when I begin my drawing. I allow my mind to drift off and as the drawing grows, I begin to filter in current events as well as my own personal experiences. This combination creates a very personal viewpoint of the world around me.


Pen and Ink Drawings



Danny Augustine began his artistic career as the founding member of the visual art major at Alderson-Broaddus University and later earned his B.F.A from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.

His first painting was exhibited in the West Virginia Governor’s Juried Exhibit held within the state’s museum. Shortly afterward, Danny was juried into the annual catalog New Art International by Book Art Press. He has participated in numerous exhibitions on a national and international level and has also had the honor of being named one of the most compelling artists in an international competition, Year In Review. Most recently, CURVE Lebanon's most prominent art, architecture, design and lifestyle magazine wrote an article about the American artist. His work was also featured within four issues of GQ British last year. Danny’s work is a means to express his thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He works intuitively focusing on these feeling to create textural environments using color, line and space. He considers his work an internal expression of the world around him. He is currently based in Chicago.

Art on Fashion® is honoured to be showcasing the works of Danny Augustine.

"Art on Fashion is a company that creates fashion pieces featuring artwork. Today I'm wearing a dress featuring the work of American artist Danny Augustine. It's called "Time" and began as an ink-based drawing that transforms to digital."   U.S. Ambassador to Qatar -  Dana Shell Smith

Digital Drawings





Museum Exhibitions
West Virginia Governor's Juried Exhibition 2001: West Virginia State Museum, Charleston, WV, 2001

Solo Exhibitions
Show Gallery: Gallery Crawl, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004
Daywood Gallery: Stepping Out of the Boundary, Philippi, WV, 2002

Duo Exhibitions
Parallel/Paralax, Harold Washington College President's Gallery, Chicago, IL 2013

Memory, Expansion Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2013
Intelligentsia (Cultural District), Chicago, IL, 2012
Chicago International Hostel, Chicago, IL, 2011
Leapfrog: Art in the Workplace, Evanston, IL, 2011
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: BFA Show, Chicago, IL, 2010
Gold Coast Art Fair: Grant Park, Chicago, IL 2010
NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art. Chicago: Live Painting, Chicago, IL 2010
Studio 7013: Group Show, Chicago, IL, 2009
Base Space (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago): Group Show, Chicago, IL , 2009
Sirani Gallery: Emerging Artist, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008
Galerie Gora: Nightlife Magazine, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2006
Columbia Arts Center: Making an Entrance, Columbia, MD, 2006
Fort Worth Community Art Center: Group Show, Fort Worth, TX , 2005
Perkins County Arts Center: Mail Art Show, Perkins County Arts Council, Grant, NE, 2005
3rd Street Gallery: Carnegie Painted II, Carnegie, PA 2002
Painters Run, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001
Daywood Gallery: Juried Art Show, Philippi, WV, 1999-2002

Articles/ Online Features
GQ British, 2014
Juried Showcase Winner, ArtSlant, 2014
Doodled Abstrations by Danny Augustine: Curve Magazine, 2013
Juried Showcase Winner, ArtSlant, 2013
Year In Review: Top 100 Artist, Artist Wanted, 2012
Artist to Watch Column, ArtSlant, 2012
Featured Artist of the Month , MyArtSpace, 2011
'Danny Augustine.' New Art International: a Compendium of Recent Works by World
Contemporary Artists. New York: Book Art, 2005. 151. Print.
'Art Seen.' City Paper [Pittsburgh] 2004. Print.
'Danny Augustine.' New Art International: a Compendium of Recent Works by World
Contemporary Artists. New York: Book Art, 2003. 190. Print.

Donated Art Auctions
Persad Art Action, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008
ALS Hope Foundation: Art Auction, Philadelphia, PA, 2005