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.

Read more ...

  • Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire

Thoughts

     

    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