Joe Austen is one of the world’s foremost golf portrait artists, whose paintings are exhibited in Rusacks St Andrews and in collections throughout the world, including Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club and The Concession Golf Club in Florida, created by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.
He is also a television producer, director and writer who has originated extensive portfolios of creative properties for television, publishing and other media, including writing and illustrating bestselling series of children’s books, creating and writing more than a hundred television programmes for the BBC and the ITV Network, and establishing a media company with Lord Richard Attenborough as Company President.
The World of Golf is a large original oil painting by Joe Austen which includes portraits of Golf Greats throughout the history of the game, such as Scottish golfing pioneers Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris, the Great Triumvirate of J H Taylor, James Braid and Harry Vardon, legendary champions of the past such as Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead and Bobby Locke, and latter day legends such as Tony Jacklin, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf and Peter Thomson. The centre of The World of Golf features the trophies of The Open Championship and The US Open, placed on either side of the Clubhouse of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, overlooking St Andrews Old Course.
The Action Portrait of Jack Nicklaus depicts the Greatest Golfer of All Time at the height of his legendary powers.
The Action Portrait of Arnold Palmer depicts The King of Golf at the peak of his dynamic and charismatic career.
The Old Course Collection contains a series of portraits of Golf Greats depicted against silhouetted backgrounds of St Andrews Old Course.
The Historic Collection contains a series of portraits depicting prominent figures from golf’s earliest history.