An arts class helped this teen discover his passion for sculpting

Aug 13, 2014

Eighteen-year-old sculptor Austen Brantley makes some pretty impressive art. But don't take our word for it, check out these photos of Austen's work, at the Michigan Radio Picture Project.

Professionals in the art world agree. "It's just amazing to see the amount of talent that he has at 18 years old. He’s right up there with some of his peers that are in their 30s and 40s," says Garnette Archer, owner of Jo’s Gallery in Detroit.

The young artist says music is key to his artistic process, especially jazz and soul.
Credit Doug Coombe

Brantley took a ceramics class two years ago in high school and fell in love. Since then, he's turned his parents' basement and their garage into art studios, and he sculpts 24/7.

Why? Because it makes him happy. "It makes me get up in the morning and it makes me not go to sleep at night." 

Austen Brantley at his home studio
Credit Doug Coombe