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Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen specialises in a kind of elegant vandalism. By reducing his subjects he delicately examines the essential qualities of an object or image, transforming their entire meaning and presenting the viewer with the curiously unexpected.

Owen’s “drawings” begin as photographs found in books. He gently removes parts of  the original picture which creates a new narrative within the image, whilst leaving a ghostly trace of what was there before.  His sculptures work in a similar way. Small found wooden figures, and more recently marble statues and reliefs, are intricately carved to create a disjointed and reduced version of the original form, presenting an unsolvable yet innately intriguing puzzle.

Owen was born in Liverpool in 1973 and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art MFA in 2000. He currently lives and works in Edinburgh.

In March 2014, Ingleby Gallery hosted a major solo exhibition of Owen’s eraser drawings and sculptural work and from June 2014 and January 2015 Owen exhibited work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art as part of the nationwide series of exhibitions GENERATION.

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