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Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen’s work involves the systematic transformation of readymade objects and images, using materially reductive processes. He is interested in making by removing, and the controlled collapse of existing objects as a method of production and reactivation.

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.

In March 2014, Ingleby Gallery hosted a major solo exhibition of Owen’s eraser drawings and sculptural work and from June 2014 to January 2015 Owen exhibited work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art as part of the nationwide series of exhibitions GENERATION. Owen’s solo exhibition at Ingleby Gallery from 28 July – 28 August 2016 accompanies and contextualises his public artwork for the nearby Burns Monument, commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival 2016. An accompanying monograph with texts by Sorcha Carey and Maria Fusco will be published in the Summer of 2016.

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


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