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Austin Clay Willis

Victoria, British Columbia V8R4L5, Canada
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My artistic practice revolves around the intersection of painting and sculpture and I am particularly interested in the tension between illusory and real space. To this end I create multimedia abstract paintings, sculptures and installations. While the paintings I make use colour and shape to play with spatial illusions, the sculptures relate to painting, but deal with real space through material, form, and a conscious attention to the specific spaces and rooms they inhabit. Operating in the space between the picture plane of a painting and the dimensional reality of a sculpture, my work often inhabits both mediums at once.

 Sharing the same visual rhetoric, my sculptures inform my paintings through material (and vice versa). The materials I use are often familiar found scraps of dimensional lumber, discarded sheets of plastic, tarpaulin, textiles, and cans of mistinted house paint. Inspiration for my forms comes from a wide array of information, ranging from construction sites, to picture frames, domestic furniture, and even DIY style backyard treehouses. In many of my works, geometric forms are juxtaposed with hectic assemblages of wood and soft material, creating dynamic compositions with a charismatic configuration or visual balance.



Curriculum Vitae










Ongoing  University of Victoria — BFA with Majors in Visual Arts (Honours) and English


2019 (Upcoming) Curious Constructions — Xchanges, Victoria, Canada.

2019 Predilections of Painting — Arc.hive, Victoria, Canada.

2019 Abstract Windows — The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, Victoria, Canada.

2019 Frame with 3D shapes — Ministry of Casual Living Window, Victoria, Canada

2018 Big Colour — Fairfield Community Association, Victoria, Canada.

2017 Words, with Pictures — Artavi Collective, Victoria, Canada.


2019 Scatter— UVic BFA Graduating Exhibition, Victoria, Canada.

2018 Number 9 — Audain Gallery, Victoria, Canada.

2018 Question, Layer Paint — Intrepid Theatre, Victoria, Canada.

2018 Pineapples, and Other Fruits — 4283 Baylis Pl, Victoria, Canada.


2018-2019 (Ongoing) Commercial Alley — Selected artist for 2018-2019 Commercial Alley project

public art installation, Victoria, Canada.

2019 Commute — Selected for Bus Shelter Exhibition Project. Victoria, Canada.

2018 Education — Selected for Box Beautification project, San Bruno, California.

2017 Dreamscape — Box Beautification project, Pleasanton, California

2016 Creative Colour —Selected Youth Artist for Creative Colour Program. Assisted artist 

Shawn Shepherd on Mural Project, Victoria, Canada.

2016 Happy Faces — Box Beautification project, Pleasanton, California


2019 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award

2019 Warren Undergraduate Review—10th anniversary issue

2018 Warren Undergraduate Review—Red Issue, Zine publication

2018 decideArt— Online forum, Web publication

2015 East Bay Monthly —Awarded 3rd place in East Bay Monthly Student Art Contest


2018 41st and Webster — Mural at 41st and Webster, Oakland, California

2015 Graduation — Mural at Piedmont High School, Piedmont, California

2018 Longhouse Legacy Exhibition — Organized and curated media for Pacific Peoples’ 

Partnership’s digital media exhibition, Victoria, Canada.

2017 Mural Assistant — Assisted artist Shawn Shepherd on Mural Project, Victoria, Canada.


2018-2019 (Ongoing) Visual Arts Student Association Chair — Undergraduate student-faculty liaison

2019 Explore UVic— Visual Art Student representative at Explore UVic event for prospective Students

2019 (Ongoing) Festival Production Assistant — Site set up/tear down, stage management, and media material production for the Victoria Jazz Society’s TD Victoria International Jazz Festival 

2018-2019 Design Director — Creative design and layout of The Martlet: The University 

of Victoria’s Independent Student Newspaper

2018 & 2017 Multimedia Coordinator — Created and orchestrated various forms of media at 

Pacific Peoples’ Partnership