Austin Cole was born in Wales and moved to London in 1980. He began his printing career at Dyfed College of Art. When he moved to London in 1980, he continued with printing part time at Morley College, the City Lit, Putney School of Art and classes at the Slade School of Art while working full time in the Civil Service. In 2017, he took early retirement in order to concentrate on his print career full time.
Cole has a Fine Art and Masters degree from the Sir John Cass School of Art (London Metropolitan University). In 2011 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and was elected to the Society of Graphic Fine Arts (SGFA) in 2014.
Cole considers himself a contemporary artist working with the tradition techniques of a printmaker.