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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Robert Owen

b. 1937, Australia

Robert Owen is an Australian artist who uses several media, including painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. His long, successful career in art began when he studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney, graduating with honours in 1962. Since then Owen has gone on to exhibit both in Australia and overseas, living and working in Greece in the early 1960s and London until 1975. Robert Owen currently resides and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Owen is particularly interested in the potentially expressive qualities of space, colour, materials, light and shadow as devices and vehicles for carrying thoughts, concepts, and ideas linked to the experience of presence and poetic response. There is no desire for a narrative, yet neither do his works exist purely as formal composition. His 2005 Sunrise #3 (from his Origami series) is a vibrant, geometric work that spans several walls. It can be flipped, inverted, and moved to create new compositions, creating a kinetic, ever-changing perceptual field, allowing for a breadth of new responses.

Solo exhibitions of Owen’s work include Burano Colour Works, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (1979); Trace of a Silent Bell, Palais du Rhin, Strasbourg France (1988); Sunrise, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea (1992); and Different Lights Cast Different Shadows, The 2nd Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2004). Notably, he represented Australia (with John Davis and Ken Unsworth) at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978, and was awarded the John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition 7 UK Prize in 1969. More recently Owen received the Australian Council Visual Arts/Crafts Emeritus Award in 2003, for his service to the visual arts.

Robert Owen has also been commissioned for a number of works in public spaces, often working with acclaimed architects. With the Webb Bridge project in Melbourne, which received international acclamation and awards, Owen collaborated with Denton Corker Marshall. The work was inspired by an Aboriginal eel trap.

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Featured Artworks

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Proportio #1 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenProportio #1, 2016 Synthetic polymer on linen
122 x 122 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Study for Afterglow #22 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenStudy for Afterglow #22, 2017 Synthetic polymer on canvas
61 x 61 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Study for Afterglow #16 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenStudy for Afterglow #16, 2018 Synthetic polymer on canvas
61 x 61 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Study for Afterglow #3 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenStudy for Afterglow #3, 2016–2018 Synthetic polymer on canvas
61 x 61 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Study for Afterglow #7 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenStudy for Afterglow #7, 2016–2018 Synthetic polymer on canvas
61 x 61 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Study for Afterglow #34 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenStudy for Afterglow #34, 2016–2018 Synthetic polymer on canvas
61 x 61 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Moment to Moment by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenMoment to Moment, 2016–2018 Synthetic polymer on linen
122 x 122 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Out of the Blue #16 by Robert Owen contemporary artwork Robert OwenOut of the Blue #16, 2016–2018 Synthetic polymer on linen
122 x 122 cm
ARC ONE Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Owen, Afterglow at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Closed
31 July–1 September 2018 Robert Owen Afterglow ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Owen, Jacky Redgate, Caleb Shea, Gemma Smith, Lydia Wegner, In the White Square at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Closed
6 December 2016–4 February 2017 Robert Owen, Jacky Redgate, Caleb Shea, Gemma Smith, Lydia Wegner In the White Square ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Owen, Solo Exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
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26 July–27 August 2016 Robert Owen Solo Exhibition ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

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