Anthony Ausgang was born on May 22, 1959 in Point-A-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago in the British West Indies to a Welsh father and Dutch mother. In 1961 the family moved to Houston Texas and Ausgang’s father made brave attempts to assimilate by taking the family to custom car shows, demolition derbies and rodeos while his mother insisted on keeping the European traditions alive by attending symphonies and opera performances.
This combination of High Art and Low Culture was to prove fertile cultural mulch for Ausgang’s artistic inclinations and he studied art at The University Of Texas in Austin in the late 1970s. Ausgang eventually succumbed to the myth of California and moved to Los Angeles where “he found a group of West Coast loonies that shared his fetish for surfing and hot rods." Shortly after the birth of his daughter Lorraine, he began classes at The Otis Art Institute but later dropped out to pursue his career as a painter and musician in the band Gutbucket.
His first break came at Los Angeles’ 01 Gallery (aka the Zero One Gallery) in 1990; it was the beginning of the bright career of a talented artist who specializes in original acrylic paintings, customized cars, commercial merchandise, book and album covers and numerous modified thrift store paintings.
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