Hartmut Austen's paintings and drawings take their initial source from images that include newspaper photographs, the Internet, and his own snapshots. In the painting process, these images are manipulated in a way that both evoke and subvert recognition and play on voyeuristic curiosity. The result is paintings that are highly personal, compositionally complex, and formally inventive. Austen has shown his work in exhibitions both in the US and in his native Germany and has lived in the Detroit area for over a decade. He currently divides his time between Detroit and Minneapolis, where he teaches at the University of Minnesota. View more of his work here.