Laura Owens

Born: 1970

Lives and Works: Los Angeles, CA

Education: MFA, CA Institute of the Arts, 1994
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1994
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, 1992

Laura Owens Bio

About The Artist

Laura Owens is a painter and installation artist very firmly practicing in the tradition of the post-conceptual art generation. Using bright, color-infused imagery that depicts landscapes, couples kissing, blooming flowers, and dogs howling at the moon, Owens is something of a modern day John William Waterhouse. Working mostly in paint, Owens' compositions are often reminiscent of the wide, rolling emptiness of Song scholar-paintings, while sharing their tiny exactness with needlepoint. Portraying worlds that are full of mythology and bursting with possibility, Owens is a model for a generation of artists who embrace the constant reinvention of the medium of painting. Praising the artist, MOCA/LA curator Paul Schimmel has declared: "Hers is an art predicated on balancing intuition and intellect, encouraging multiple voices and leveling hierarchies."

Laura Owens Gallery Art


Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England

Laura Owens Permanent Collections

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Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE


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