Austin Art Projects, based in Palm Desert, California and the island of Kauai is a Fine Arts Enterprise which represents and manages recognized contemporary artists working in diverse media. In addition to representation of artist's work in the primary market, AAP also specializes in the resale of select significant contemporary works.AAP offers a comprehensive chronology of expertise to it's clientele including consultation, acquisition, and installation while building extensive collections. 

In 1991 Austin Art Projects' principal, David Austin, cofounded one of the West Coast's most respected galleries. During this time, he built a successful reputation curating substantial private collections throughout the United States and mounted major exhibitions for such esteemed artists as Tom Wesselmann, Peter Halley, Robert Graham, Charles Arnoldi, Bryan Hunt, Don Gummer, Kenny Price, Karen LaMonte, William Wegman, Dale Chihuly, and Arman. Throughout the next twenty two years he also placed work within many museums including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, Chazen Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the Palm Springs Art Museum, among others.

The genesis of Austin Art Projects was a conversation between David Austin and the late sculptor Robert Graham when the artist presented the idea for "Torsos", the culmination of the relationships with his sculpture models throughout his career. Austin and Graham's commitment and collaboration set in motion what was to become AAP’s platform of providing support for artists’s specific projects. AAP serves as a conduit between the works facilitated through these advocacy efforts and the collecting public. As primary agent for many of the artist’s represented, AAP plays a key role in broadening artist's audiences by exhibiting the work in alternative spaces throughout the world.

In 2018, Austin restructured the existing business model of a brick and mortar gallery by selling the space located in Palm Desert to art dealer Christian Hohmann while continuing to mount exhibitions in the space. This led to a  more formal collaboration with the two dealers.  Beginning in the fall of 2021, Austin Art Projects will maintain a dedicated space in the gallery building with exhibitions during the months of January through April. The space will be open by appointment the balance of the calendar year. 

Austin Art Projects 



PO Box 1916
Palm Desert CA 92261


44-651 Village Court Suite 142
Palm Desert CA 92260


Monday - Saturday
11 AM - 5 PM, and by appointment


By appointment



David Austin, Principal

Irene Estrella, Administrative Assistant