Paul Augustinus British/Danish, b. 1952

Born in Denmark, Paul Augustinus grew up in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. A self taught artist, he  studied geology at Natal University and worked as a geologist for a year before taking up painting full time.

 

Inspired by the romance of wild animals and majestic landscapes, Augustinus has painted some of Africa's most unspoilt regions. He spent ten years painting in Northern Botswana game reserves, three years in the Kaokoveld in Namibia and eight months in the rainforests of Equatorial Africa. He has also travelled extensively in North America, Asia and Europe in pursuit of material for his wildlife paintings. He currently lives in East Africa.

As well as participating in group shows at the Tryon Gallery in 2001, 2003 and 2007, Augustinus has held outstanding solo exhibitions there in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

 

Despite being bestowed with the natural talent for painting from a very early age, Paul in 1978, obtained a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Natal in Durban where he also discovered his other passion in life - surfing - a passion that has been continued to the present day. Back in 1979, after having worked for a year as a geologist, Paul decided to be a full-time painter. Having this risky plan in mind, he had managed to buy an old Land Cruiser 4x4 pick-up, and stuffed it with camping stuff and later on moved to northern Botswana for permanent residency. For the next nine years, he lived, inspired and painted brilliantly under canvas in his own camps in the wildest parts of the Okavango and Chobe regions, returning to Durban each and every rainy season to convalesce and to surf.

 

His first book titled as "Botswana, A Brush With The Wild'', is a large memoir and true manifestation of all those years spent in the African wilderness as an artist who there illustrated, painted, made sketches along with photographs of whatever he experienced, observed and loved. During 1990, Paul and his wife, Clarissa, spent over five months camping in the Wildest parts of Alaska where Augustinus got the chance to visit and sketch the indigenous of the Alaska Range, the Brooks Range and the Denali area. Back in 2000, Paul and his wife spent some time in Nairobi where his wife had been a senior manager in United Nations Habitat, based in Gigiri. During this period, Paul focused more on painting the Swahili Coast scenes and the wild landscapes of Masailand.

 

Works by Paul Augustinus are exhibited in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa. During the past four years, the artist has genuinely painted what he has lived. His art speaks volumes. His paintings reflect the fact that he's been painting and living in the bush most of the time. In his own words he explained for this dedicated lifestyle is that 'I am not an artist who has looked for a subject to paint. Rather it is the romance of a wild place that has compelled me to be an artist!'