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Tom Owen

 

"Art is the process by which we understand our relationship to one another." --Robert Penn Warren

“I have been making art all of my life. Growing up I had an endless supply of paper, pencils, and paints always at the ready on a small card table in the corner of the living room. In high school, I took over the family garage as my studio. My father could build anything, and my mother was a talented seamstress and artist. From them I learned that if something doesn’t work, you learn from it and keep trying. Seriously, what great parents!
What does this have to do with my art? I am largely self-taught, so I embrace a ‘discipline of accident,’ using whatever happens on the surface in my process. With a variety of tools and media, I make marks and forms to create intuitive, layered abstracts.”
Throughout careers in secondary and corporate education, Tom was always painting, learning, and creating work for galleries, and for both private and corporate collectors across the US. After a 2017 studio visit, Raphaela Platow, Executive Director of Louisville’s Speed Art Museum and former Director and Chief Curator of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, OH, commented, “I love that Tom is not afraid to embrace and use color; his paintings are so hopeful.” Tom’s work has been shown for the last twenty years in several US cities including New York, Miami, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a B.S. in English literature and an M.A. in psychology, both of which inform his art making.