Andy Owen

Artist Statement

I am interested in our urban environment, the sprawling metropolises, the infrastructure that feeds them and how we experience it all. I find an uncanny beauty in London's ever changing landscape and am fascinated by glimpses of spaces that are just out of reach and the ever present neon glow. Taking inspiration from my everyday surroundings, I collect snapshots of this banal yet beguiling landscape using the immediacy of the camera on my mobile phone. This imagery undergoes digital manipulation before being translated into painterly gesture, alluding to the notion that we increasingly encounter our environment mediated through technology. Evidencing connections diverse as 19th Century Sublime, optical abstraction and Science Fiction, I construct new spaces within my work which engage with the city through digital, cinematic and painterly space.

Artwork

Exhibitions

∎Solo/Two Person Exhibitions & Awards
Fish Island Tree Commission for Hackney Wicked July 2014
The Long Way Here Space 2 Gallery Watford Museum November – December 2013
Surface Tension (with Simon Harris) Sarah Wiseman Gallery & The North Wall Arts Centre Oxford October 2011
Metorama Degree Art Vyner Street London September 2010
in/ex/ternal Empire Gallery Vyner Street London October - November 2008
Virtual Viscera Empire Gallery Vyner Street London November 2007
HIGHLY COMMENDED Mercury Art Prize The Hospital Covent Garden London April 2006
Daler-Rowney Prize for Excellence in Painting June 2005
∎Selected Group Exhibitions
Nothing Lasts Forever PM Gallery & House Ealing London December 2014 – January 2015
The Bryant & Keeling Prize One Church Street Gallery Great Missenden Buckinghamshire November 2014
The Electric Open The Electric Picture House Congleton Cheshire October 2014
Resonance The Ark Basingstoke April – June 2013
Cities: All Dimensions Tokarska Gallery Forest Road London February 2013
Feeling the Pressure Rhyl Arts Centre Rhyl May 2012
Spring Programme Sarah Wiseman Gallery Oxford April – May 2010
Viral Sublime Eagle Works Gallery Wolverhampton August – September 2009
Overview: Painting Elysium Art Space Swansea February – March 2009
Quixotic Rich Mix Bethnal Green Road London November 2007
Space Curators Installation at Hammerson plc Mayfair London May – November 2007
Eidos VINEspace Vyner Street London October – November 2006
21st Century Graduate Show Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery October – November 2006
Space Curators Installation at Exchange Tower London August 2006 - April 2008
Post-Graduate Direction Lethaby Gallery Central Saint Martins College London March - April 2006
Nationwide Mercury Art & Music Exhibition Air Gallery Dover Street London May 2005
New Horizons RBSA Gallery Brook Street Birmingham February - March 2005 and 2004
Hans Brinker Budget Trophy Hotel Hans Brinker Amsterdam NL December 2004