Alexander Austin has left his artistic mark on Kansas City’s architecture for years.
His big break came in 1982, when Austin entered his artwork in the North Florida Fair. Professional billboard artist Alan Pippenger turned a corner and stopped dead in his tracks in front of a drawing of Stevie Wonder that Austin had submitted. “I found myself rooted to the spot I was standing,” Pippenger says. “It was a simple drawing, done entirely in pencil, that grabbed me by the throat.”