JOHN DAVIS | ROBERT OWEN

Robert Owen,  Origami #8 , 1992, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

Robert Owen, Origami #8, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

Melbourne Modern: European art and design at RMIT since 1945, curated by Jane Eckett and Harriet Edquist, is now open at RMIT Gallery, featuring the work of ROBERT OWEN and JOHN DAVIS.


In the wake of WWII, hundreds of exiled and displaced European artists, architects and designers arrived in Melbourne and sought employment with RMIT. Melbourne Modern traces a legacy of European intervention and interdisciplinarity through successive generations of RMIT teachers and students to the present day.

The exhibition continues until 17 August.

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ROBERT OWEN | HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT

Congratulations to ROBERT OWEN and HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT on being selected as finalists of the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2019.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One work will be awarded $10,000 and become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of finalists’ work on Wednesday 29 May 2019. The finalist exhibition will continue until 12 July.

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Robert Owen, 'Shadow Caster 2', 2019, painted stainless steel, 65 x 69 x 62 cm

Robert Owen, 'Shadow Caster 2', 2019, painted stainless steel, 65 x 69 x 62 cm

Honey Long & Prue Stent,  Field Sip XIII,  2018, blown glass, water sample, rock

Honey Long & Prue Stent, Field Sip XIII, 2018, blown glass, water sample, rock

ROBERT OWEN

Robert Owen,  Double Seed #2 , 2016-2018, from the 'Text of Light' series, Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 122 x 122cm.

Robert Owen, Double Seed #2, 2016-2018, from the 'Text of Light' series, Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 122 x 122cm.

ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to present, Afterglow, the latest body of paintings by leading Australian artist, ROBERT OWEN. These visually-arresting works continue the artist’s exploration of the perceptual and emotional effects of light, colour, and space.

Guided by curiosity and wonder, Robert Owen’s knowledge of colour is profound. In colour he nds harmony and melody, using chromatic combinations to achieve sensations that pulsate from the walls like sound waves or musical nuances. Afterglow at ARC ONE Gallery stems from one of Owen’s diary drawings executed while living on the Greek island of Hydra in the early 1960s. On the island, Owen witnessed an eclipse of the sun: an experience that has informed the artist’s enduring interest in the transcendent capacity of space, light, and colour.

Owen’s formative research and experiences of Constructivism and De Stijl are apparent in Afterglow where succinct geometric forms, vertical stripes, and squares of strong colour evoke the physical and metaphysical. Owen’s diary drawing from 1964, vibrant with its rework composition, perfectly encapsulates a synthetic moment and the relationship between time and progress. Describing the image, Owen draws on the paradox articulated by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard in his book, Intuition of the Instant, which posits life as an enduring string of moments that are in nite. It is this ash of illumination, combined with his poetic experiences on Hydra, from which Owen’s continued interest in the perceptual and emotional effects of space, light, and colour has materialised.

Robert Owen is an internationally recognised and award-winning artist with a sustained practice of more than ve decades. Working in painting, sculpture, installation, and photography, he has received widespread acclaim for his work, including major public commissions such as such as Webb Bridge, Docklands (in collaboration with Denton Corker Marshall), and the Craigieburn Bypass, Melbourne (in collaboration with Architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer). He represented Australia at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978, and in 2003 he received the Australia Council Visual Arts/ Crafts Emeritus Award for a lifelong service to the visual arts. He is represented in public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.

ROBERT OWEN

ROBERT OWEN's upcoming exhibition Afterglow has been featured in the current edition of Art Collector, Issue 85, in the section Not to be Missed.  

Written by Ashley Crawford, the article talks about Owen's inspirations and time spent in the 1960s living on the Greek island of Hydra.

Afterglow opens Wednesday 1 August, 6-8pm and continues until 1 September, 2018.

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Robert Owen,  Nocturne , 2018, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 260 x 187cm.

Robert Owen, Nocturne, 2018, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 260 x 187cm.

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Image: Robert Owen, Endings - Kodachrome 64, No. 00, 22/07/1992, 2009, archival print on 310gsm, 104 x 72.5cm.

Image: Robert Owen, Endings - Kodachrome 64, No. 00, 22/07/1992, 2009, archival print on 310gsm, 104 x 72.5cm.

ROBERT OWEN has two of his 'Endings' prints at CCP's Fundraiser The Art of Collecting.  This is a fantastic opportunity to support the Centre for Contemporary Photography, with works available from leading contemporary Australian artists.

The opening is Thursday 17 May, 6-8pm.

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ROBERT OWEN

ROBERT OWEN's work is included in Another Dimension at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery.  The exhibition explores the dynamic relationship between form and content in contemporary art, by positioning sculpture as part of a broader two and three-dimensional spatial practice.

This exhibition will run from 1 April - 15 July, 2018. 

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Robert Owen,  Model for Silence #2 , 2012, painted stainless steel, 58 x 72 x 74cm.

Robert Owen, Model for Silence #2, 2012, painted stainless steel, 58 x 72 x 74cm.

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Robert Owen,  Endings #4 (Rothko died today) , 2009, archival print on 310gsm, 104 x 72.5cm.

Robert Owen, Endings #4 (Rothko died today), 2009, archival print on 310gsm, 104 x 72.5cm.

ROBERT OWEN's work is featured in Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand at Monash Gallery of Art.  The exhibition brings together Australian and New Zealand artists who push boundaries through experimentation, unearthing the elemental properties of photographic practice. 

Exhibition dates are 10 March until 27 May, 2018.

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ROBERT OWEN

Works by ROBERT OWEN will be included in Modern Currents, an upcoming exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art. 

Curated by Victoria Lynn, the exhibition features a selection of abstract paintings and sculptures from the Museum's collection. Modern Currents shows that the modernist spirit of abstraction is a current that persists through to the present generation of artists.

The exhibition opens Saturday 24 February and continues through to 29 April 2018. 

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Robert Owen,  Soundings, (composition #04)  2012 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 62.5 x 125 cm.

Robert Owen, Soundings, (composition #04) 2012
synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 62.5 x 125 cm.

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In an interview with the Latrobe Valley Express, ROBERT OWEN discusses his practice and recent site-specific work Afterglow. 

The work is showing at Latrobe Regional Gallery until 28 January. 

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Robert Owen stands in his site-specific exhibition  Afterglow  at Latrobe Regional Gallery. Photograph: Anne Simmons, 

Robert Owen stands in his site-specific exhibition Afterglow at Latrobe Regional Gallery. Photograph: Anne Simmons, 

ROBERT OWEN

View a fabulous video with ROBERT OWEN for his Melbourne Art Tram as part of Melbourne Festival 2017. A continuation of Owen’s celebrated series ‘Music for the Eyes’, inspired by jazz, movement and light, it plays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne, and extends Owen’s exploration of art’s capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour.

Find it on the network now using tramTRACKER and tram ID 3008.

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ROBERT OWEN

ROBERT OWEN's Melbourne Art Tram has hit the tracks as part of Melbourne Festival. You can see 'Beautiful Stranger' on route 109 (Box Hill-Port Melbourne), which pays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne and extends Owen's exploration of art's capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour.

The Melbourne Art Trams will be moving through the city transporting passengers from October 2017 until April 2018.

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IN THE PRESS

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Photo: James.H.H.Morgan

Photo: James.H.H.Morgan

ROBERT OWEN

ROBERT OWEN has been announced as one of the 2017 Melbourne Festival Melbourne Art Tram artists. 

Robert Owen's work for the tram, Beautiful Stranger is a continuation of his celebrated series Music for the Eyes, inspired by jazz, movement and light. It plays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne, and extends Owen’s exploration of art’s capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour.

The Melbourne Art Trams will be launched on Thursday 5 October 2017.

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ROBERT OWEN & NIKE SAVVAS

ROBERT OWEN and NIKE SAVVAS have works in the exhibition Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. 

Opening 5 July, Call of the Avant-Garde is the first exhibition to examine the influence of the modernist art movement Constructivism on Australian art, presented in this centenary year of the Russian revolution.

Exhibition dates 5 July – 8 October. 

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Robert Owen,  Third Movement #1  (from the series  Thought Forms ), 2015, painted stainless steel, 64 x 74 x 58,83 x 57 x 46cm. 

Robert Owen, Third Movement #1 (from the series Thought Forms), 2015, painted stainless steel, 64 x 74 x 58,83 x 57 x 46cm. 

Nike Savvas,  Sliding Ladder – Black with White Pentagon 1 , 2012, wood, wool and steel, 155 x 260 x 250cm

Nike Savvas, Sliding Ladder – Black with White Pentagon 1, 2012, wood, wool and steel, 155 x 260 x 250cm

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Congratulations to ROBERT OWEN, who has been selected as a finalist for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2017.

His painting, Flickering Light #3 (Ocean Road), 2017, will be on view at Bendigo Art Gallery from 17 June to 17 September. The winner will be announced on 16 June 2017. 

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Robert Owen,  Flickering Light #3 (Ocean Road),  2017, synthetic polymer paint on Belgium linen, 198 x 198 cm

Robert Owen, Flickering Light #3 (Ocean Road), 2017, synthetic polymer paint on Belgium linen, 198 x 198 cm

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ROBERT OWEN APPOINTED CURATORIAL ADVISOR FOR UNIVERSITY SQUARE

PUBLIC ART MELBOURNE

Congratulations to Robert Owen who has been appointed to lead the City of Melbourne's reimagining of University Square in Carlton.

Following a national open call, Owen was appointed as the Public Art Curatorial Adviser for the $8.8 million redevelopment, which commences in 2017. His creative vision for the project references the site’s rich and diverse associations, the process of change and the transformative journey of education.

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Webb Bridge , 2003. Artist: Robert Owen, in collaboration with architects Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd. For the Docklands Authority, Melbourne, Australia, Photography: John Gollings.

Webb Bridge, 2003. Artist: Robert Owen, in collaboration with architects Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd. For the Docklands Authority, Melbourne, Australia, Photography: John Gollings.

IN THE WHITE SQUARE

Robert Owen,  Pink & Grey Wall,  1978, drymounted inkjet print, 72 x 47 cm.

Robert Owen, Pink & Grey Wall, 1978, drymounted inkjet print, 72 x 47 cm.

ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to present In the White Square, a group exhibition exploring themes of new abstraction curated by Laura Lantieri. An opening reception will be held on Saturday 10 December, 4-6pm. 

Showcasing the work of five Australian contemporary artists well-known for their use of abstraction as a primary visual language, In the White Square features Robert Owen, Jacky Redgate and Lydia Wegner, alongside invited artists Caleb Shea and Gemma Smith. Across a dynamic mix of sculpture and photo- based media, the artists in this exhibition are drawn together by a shared emphasis on formal concerns such as colour, form, space, light, optics and geometry. 

The exhibition draws its title from two of the 20th century’s great pioneers of abstract art – Vasily Kandinsky’s In the Black Square (1923), and Kasimir Malevich’s White on White (1918) – while referring obliquely to the ‘white cube’ exhibition space that came to rise in the last century. Situated in the formerly industrial, oblong ‘white cube’ of ARC ONE Gallery, In the White Square also considers the ways in which these artists employ abstraction in the context of a broader historical trajectory.

Variously touching on constructivism, minimalism, and hard-edge painting among other influences, the works blend a pared minimal aesthetic with a more idiosyncratic and playful touch. They invite the viewer to decipher lines, contours, surface textures and reflections in an almost puzzle-solving process, while blocks of colour activate spaces and pulse, oscillating between real and inferred depths of field. Challenging our understanding of what we see and what we know through an eye-popping agenda of geometry, colour and form, the artists of In the White Square collectively interrogate the very act of viewing. 

Please note ARC ONE Gallery will be closed from 18 December 2016 and reopen 24 January 2017.

Gemma Smith is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, & Milani Gallery, Brisbane. 

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OPENING THURSDAY 28 JULY, 6-8PM

Blue Note #2,  2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas (two panels), 200 x 320 cm. 

Blue Note #2, 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas (two panels), 200 x 320 cm. 

ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to present the latest exhibition by leading senior Australian artist, Robert Owen. In this self-titled solo show, Robert Owen presents a continuation of his celebrated Music for the Eyes and Text of Light series, with a new body of paintings and prints inspired by jazz, movement and light.

Employing a staccato-like language of abstraction and geometry, Owen’s vivid Jazz Junction (2014-16) paint- ings explore the relationship between 1950s jazz and optical arrangements of form and colour. His canvases translate musical elements of time, rhythm and pitch through an idiosyncratic and intuitive exploration of the colours and patterns in sound. While long-standing influences of Constructivism and the colour theories of Wassily Kandinsky remain, here Owen has also drawn on modernist painter Piet Mondrian – in particular, his famous New York City- and jazz-inspired Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43). With Owen’s resulting Blues for Mondrian series, bold gridlines frame vibrant pixels of colour that bounce on the canvas like fingers on the keys of a piano.

A set of large prints titled Inside the Crystal extends the artist’s continuous exploration of light and art’s capacity to capture mood and emotion through pigment. In these images colours across the spectrum refract and intersect, as along the edge of cut glass.

Owen’s visually-arresting works synthesise the cerebral with the emotional and sight with sound, highlighting how we perceive as humans through interrelated senses, also known as synaesthesia. This nexus of intellect and spirituality – or physical and metaphysical – is at the core of Owen’s practice, which for more than five decades has consistently sought to reconcile the fundamental human conditions of thinking and feeling.

Robert Owen is an internationally recognised and award-winning artist, with a practice that includes sculpture, installation, painting and photography. He has received widespread acclaim for his work on major public commissions such as Webb Bridge, Docklands (in collaboration with Denton Corker Marshall), and the Craigieburn Bypass, Melbourne (in collaboration with Architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer). He represented Australia at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978, and in 2003 he received the Australia Council Visual Arts/ Crafts Emeritus Award for a lifelong service to the visual arts. He is represented in public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.