Approved: 07.06.2019

Viv Owen

Artist, Community worker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 07.06.2019

Vivid, gestural oil paintings reveal a fascination with emotional states, with the help of unwitting accomplices captured from feature films and the television screen. Subtle in scale: a whisper in the ear rather than a shout across the room, their textured surfaces contain intriguing hints of the depths of emotion below. Forever given pause, these paintings make comment on emotional entanglement with the artificial as a substitute – or perhaps immunisation against- the fluctuating feelings of everyday life.

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        Artist Statement

        Vivid, gestural oil paintings reveal a fascination with emotional states, with the help of unwitting accomplices captured from feature films and the television screen. Subtle in scale: a whisper in the ear rather than a shout across the room, their textured surfaces contain intriguing hints of the depths of emotion below. Forever given pause, these paintings make 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.”

        I want to expand my practice into other media, further commenting on the 'translation' of ideas between media. I have recently joined The Arthouse as a member of the print studio and will be developing ideas through print. I am hoping to develop a recent discovery involving gesture interpreted as sound.

         

        CV & Education

        Viv Owen

        Studio: A14, Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW

        Home: 14 Hillcrest Avenue, Queensbury BD13 2QX

        LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/viv-owen-43b08911

        email: viv@vivowen.co.uk mobile: 07773460722 tweet: @vividly

        portfolio: flickr.com/photos/vividlyviv/ web: vivowen.co.uk blog: vivowen.wordpress.com

        facebook: vividlypainting instagram:vividlypainting artfinder.com/viv-owen

        Summary

        Born in Bury, Lancashire 1970. After a six-year career in graphic design, returned to education to specialise in painting at Stockport College Cheshire 1992-93, Bradford College Yorkshire 1993-96 and Leeds Metropolitan University Yorkshire 1998 – 2000.

        Having taken a PGCE in Post-Compulsory education, worked in a wide variety of education settings including colleges, schools, prisons, museums, galleries, outdoor events and art studios. Formal qualifications taught include BTEC in Art and supporting modules. Community based teaching tailored to diverse groups including mental health service users, people with visual impairment, school children, family groups, general public, fellow artists, one to one tuition.

        Studio based painting practice based on freehand oil painting from digital sources. Regularly exhibits as part of Artwalk Wakefield. Exhibitions include FLUX at the National Army Museum, London March 2019, FLUX at Chelsea College of Art, London April 2018 and July 2017, FLUX at the Royal College of Art, London December 2015, Oxo Tower Wharf, London December 2015, Menier Gallery London July 2016, Times Square New York USA 2014, The Art Cell Barcelona Spain 2006.

        Freelance Community Projects

        2007 – present Creatives Artreach Huddersfield

        2016 Calder Graphics Huddersfield

        2009 – 2014 DIVA Wakefield

        2011 – 2014 Wakefield Visually Impaired Group Wakefield

        2011 – 2012 One to One Productions Wakefield

        2008 AMADA Batley

        2008 – 2010 Artworks Bradford

        2009 – 2010 Sensation Huddersfield

        2009 Artforms Leeds

        2007 - 2011 Colour out of Space Hebden Bridge

        2005 - 2007 Pontefract Liquorice Trust Pontefract

        2005 –2006 Leeds City Art Gallery Leeds

        2005 South Asian Womens Health Awareness Association Bradford

        Formal Lecturing

        April 2019 HMYOI Wetherby

        December 2016, December 2017 Leeds University Creatives Artreach, Huddersfield HD3 3JX

        September 2003 - June 2007 Shipley College Shipley College, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3JW

        November 2001 - 17 Sept 2004 HMP Wakefield East Riding College, Beverley, HU17 7DT

        November 2000 - May 2004 HMP Moorland City College Manchester, HMP Hatfield City College Manchester, HMP YOI Moorland City College Manchester

        Education

        September 2003 – September 2006 PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education Bradford College

        November 1998 – November 2000 MA Art & Design Leeds Beckett University

        September 1993 – June 1996 BA Art & Design (Hons) Bradford College

        September 1992 – June 1993 Foundation Certificate (Art) Stockport College

        September 1986 – June 1988 City and Guilds Certificate in Print Origination City College Manchester

        Selected recent exhibitions

        14 -17 March 2019 'FLUX 6' National Army Museum, London SW3 4HT

        11 – 16 April 2018 ‘FLUX’ 5 Chelsea College of Art, London SW1P 4JU

        12 – 16 July 2017 ‘FLUX’ 4 Chelsea College of Art, London SW1P 4JU

        6 – 19 July 2017 ‘Portraits’ Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn

        3 March – 2 April 2017 ‘Light View’ solo exhibition South Square Centre, Thornton

        23 February – 5 March 2017 ‘Portraits’ Candid Arts Trust, London EC1V 1NQ

        1 – 6 November 2016 ‘FLUX’ 3 Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QL

        16 – 20 December 2015 ‘Exhibit Here Art Maze’ Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH

        11 – 14 December 2015 ‘FLUX 2’ at the RCA Royal College of Art, London SW7 2EU

        18 – 22 February 2015 ‘FLUX’ Rag Factory, Brick Ln London E1 5LJ

        24 July 2014 ‘Art Takes Times Square’ Billboards, Times Square, New York

        30th May - 28th June 2014 ‘Display’ solo exhibition Cupola Gallery, Sheffield