Who is this clown?

Stephen "Augie" Augustine was born in 1967 in Mansfield, Ohio. In third grade he won the grand prize for a book cover design. His art career stalled. However, in high school he spent more time and energy practicing his "numchucks". (As he called them.)

He attended Kent State(four dead in ohio) and coincidentally was an MP in the Ohio National Guard. There he was reprimanded for keeping pet lizards while on combat operation training and occasionally loosing bullets. He graduated Kent in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. After college he worked in futures trading for British Petroleum. During this corporate stint, He was reprimanded many times for using the trading computers(macs!) for doing art.

The company reorganized, gave him 8 months pay severance and off to Colorado he went. Ski time. During a conversation with a stranger on a chairlift, he was inspired by the desk top technology available (outside BP). For the next two years, he traded sleep to perfect his new passion while grinding out an agonizing accounting job. He jumped the corporate ship in 1995, taking an entry-level imaging position with a Denver sign company. Two years later he founded Eye Candy Graphics -- an advertising and design company in Denver, specializing in custom signs, large format printing and displays with a creative spin. In 2010, Augie launched AUGART & Design Products to focus specifically on the interior design and art markets. AUGART specializes in custom wall coverings, art, printed acrylic, door numbers, theme design and custom fabrication.

Augie’s clients include RNL Design, Boutique Apartments, Google/Vanity Fair DNC (Denver National Convention) Party 2008 , the Cannes Film Festival, Nickelodeon, Q Design, Studio R Design, Greenhouse Partners, Jeffery Elliot Design, Zeppelin Development, Insitu Architecture, Studio Trope Architecture, 2002 Olympic Games and Race for the Cure. He has also designed and produced decor for many Denver night clubs including: Bar Standard, The Juice Joint, Lotus, Mynt, Twenty Four Caret, The Living Room, Vinyl, Zen, Mo's and Monarck.

Augie's work has been featured on 9 News, Channel 12, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News and 5280 Magazine. He was also a featured speaker at the ISA, International Sign Association conference in VanCouver, his topic of course, digital art and decor. Augie currently shows his work at Redshift Gallery in Denver. He has served as a panelist for the Mayor's Office of Art, Culture and Film, and is a former member of the Denver Design Council. You can also read his musings in a column he pens for digital graphics magazine called Augie's World.

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