Viv Owen West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Vivid, gestural oil paintings reveal a fascination with emotional states, with the help of unwitting accomplices captured from feature film and TV- their surfaces hint at depths of emotion below. Forever given pause, they comment on emotional entanglement with the artificial as a substitute – or perhaps immunisation against- the fluctuating feelings of everyday life.
“I pause video, take and edit digital photographs to make compositions. I paint freehand by observation using vibrant colours and textures to convey the twitching dazzle of the arrested TV screen. These self-sourced images hold a deep emotional resonance: a photo is the only way to hold that emotional split second still enough to paint it. I aim to intrigue and engage the viewer in equal measure.”
Born in Bury, Lancashire 1970. After a six-year career in graphic design, returned to education to specialise in painting at Stockport College Cheshire, BA at Bradford College Yorkshire and MA at Leeds Metropolitan University Yorkshire 1998 – 2000. Studio based painting practice creating oil paintings from film images. Daily Drawings - an observational drawing in ink each day- is now in the sixth year.
Exhibitions include FLUX at Chelsea College of Art London July 2017, FLUX at the Royal College of Art London December 2015, The Art Cell Barcelona Spain 2006
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