Wayde Owen was born in Sydney 1977. In 2005 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Winner. His work has been Highly Commended by the National Churchie Emerging Art Award and also the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Prize. He has been awarded Grants from Arts Queensland for New Work and ARI blkmrkt projects. He curated solo and group exhibitions for ARI blkmrkt projects from 2000 – 2010. He has held 11 solo shows and his work is represented in many public collections including The University of Queensland Art Museum, Southbank Institute of Technology, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and The Gold Coast City Art Gallery. His work has also been acquired by private collectors from all around the world.
“In this dead time for art, Owen seeks again the codes or conventions that would allow it once again to have meaning. He begins with the simplest of things, which become allegorical of this slow task of piecing art together from first principles: two quails chirping to each other or the love a father feels for his children is like the problem of how to put one part of a painting (one object, one colour, one style) next to another.” - Rex Butler