Viv Owen

A whisper in the ear rather than a shout across the room, her textured surfaces contain intriguing hints of the depths of emotion below

Viv discovered her art process through experimentation. She needed more people to draw and she turned to the ready stream of ‘sitters’ provided by the TV. She used a 35mm film camera & paused videocassettes to take photos, not knowing what results she would get until she collected her prints. She discovered faces but also weird moiré patterns, bizarre unexpected colors, blurs, fades, multiple images. There was more depth & intrigue to paint in a few stills than she had found anywhere else!
Having pursued this technique for about twenty years, Viv finds that she gets the most satisfying results from images taken from a context she knows very well, such as a film she repeatedly watched. In this way she merges her own emotional reaction with the paint giving the artwork a more intense sense of depth.

http://vivowen.co.uk/

Bright, gestural oil paintings reveal a fascination with emotional states, with the help of unwitting accomplices captured from the TV 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
People are a mystery! Sometimes you can see that they are thinking quite the opposite… an isolated split second can be painstakingly recreated in paint: examined, re-examined & heightened


People are a mystery! They say one thing, & do something completely different

Exhibitions_______

  • 2016 - 27–30 Oct - The Dot – International Art Fair The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
  • 2016 - 27 Jul - Open Studio – Artwalk Wakefield A14 Westgate Studios WF1 1BW
  • 2016 - 25 May - Open Studio – Artwalk Wakefield A14 Westgate Studios WF1 1BW
  • 2016 - 1 May–1 July - On Track solo Blue Moon cafe, 2 St James Row, Sheffield S1 2EW
  • 2016 - 15 Apr–22 May - Art is a Lie that Reveals the Truth Cupola Gallery 178a Middlewood Road Sheffield S6 1TD
  • 2016 - 30 Mar - Open Studio – Artwalk Wakefield A14 Westgate Studios WF1 1BW
  • 2016 - 22 Mar to 2 Apr - Exhibit Here UNLEASHED Menier Gallery Southwark Street London SE1 1RU
  • 2016 - 4 Mar - Flood Recovery Art Auction Hebden Bridge Trades Club
  • 2016 - 27 Jan - Open Studio – Artwalk Wakefield A14 Westgate Studios WF1 1BW
  • 2015 - 16- 20 Dec - Exhibit Here Art Maze Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH
  • 2015 - 11- 14 Dec - Flux Exhibition at The Royal College of Art Royal College of Art, London SW7 2EU
  • 2015 - 25 Nov - Artwalk Wakefield – Open studio Westgate Studios, Wakefield WF1 1BW
  • 2015 - 30 Sept - Artwalk Wakefield – Open studio Westgate Studios, Wakefield WF1 1BW
  • 2015 - 27 July – 1 Aug - ‘Exhibit Here’ Summer Show at Menier Gallery 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
  • 2015 - 25 July – 15 Nov - Bradford Open 2015 Cartwright Hall, Bradford BD9 4NS
  • 2015 - 27 May - Artwalk Wakefield – Open studio Westgate Studios, Wakefield WF1 1BW
  • 2015 - 25 March - Artwalk Wakefield – Open studio Westgate Studios, Wakefield WF1 1BW
  • 2015 - 13 March – 18 April - Chionodoxa (Glory of the snow) Cupola Gallery, Sheffield S6 1TD
  • 2015 - 18 – 22 Feb - Flux Exhibition at The Rag Factory, London off Brick Lane, London E1 5LJ
  • 2015 - January - ‘Solo’ Westgate Studios, Wakefield
  • 2014 - 4 – 26 Oct - ‘Continuum’ Unit 9 Gallery, Thornton
  • 2014 - 30 May – 28 Jun - ‘Display’ Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
  • 2014 - 24 July - ‘Art Takes Times Square’ Billboards, Times Square, New York
  • 2006 - 6 May–July - Exhibition The Art Cell, Barcelona
  • 2006 - April – May - ‘In 2 Minds’ Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax

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