My painting is entirely autobiographical – it tells me where I am at any given point in time and the direction I am painting in. In this present time it is very difficult to paint for other people – to paint beyond my own ends and point directions, as artists once did. Once the artist made signs and symbols for people to live by; now they make things to hang on walls at exhibitions.
“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
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