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Robert Owen,  Endings (Kodachrome 64, No.00, 22/07/1992 ), 2009, archival print on 310gms Carsons BSK Reeves Paper, 104 x 72.5 cm

Robert Owen, Endings (Kodachrome 64, No.00, 22/07/1992), 2009, archival print on 310gms Carsons BSK Reeves Paper, 104 x 72.5 cm

Serial has recently opened at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. This exhibition explores the significance of the series in contemporary artistic practice, and features work from their permanent collection, including one of ROBERT OWEN's Endings prints.

Robert Nelson, art critic for The Age, writes of this series:

"Robert Owen’s Endings look like bright abstract landscapes. They are in fact prints made from film stubs that Robert collected from 1968 to the 90s, when film began to come to an end for the bulk of photography. But Robert kept them, because each one always marked an end. What would happen when you shine photographic light through the end rather than the middle?...The Endings are a portrait of a photograph beyond the last photograph; and strangely this seems to presage the end of photography while simply representing the end of the photosensitive celluloid.”

The exhibition continues until 10 November.

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Image: Robert Owen,  Sutra 4 (from the Tracing Light series ), 2019, polished stainless steel, 651 x 451 x 421 cm. Photo: John Gollings.

Image: Robert Owen, Sutra 4 (from the Tracing Light series), 2019, polished stainless steel, 651 x 451 x 421 cm. Photo: John Gollings.

Robert Owen has recently completed Sutra 4 - a privately commissioned large-scale work.

Sutra 4 is a sculpture based on the geometry of the hypercube, a mathematical concept referring to the fourth dimension. The work reconstructs Euclidian geometry through an intuitive play with space and light to reveal a new structural space with a relationship to the organic and the poetic.

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Robert Owen,  Melbourne Modern: European Art & Design at RMIT since 1945  installation view, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 2019.

Robert Owen, Melbourne Modern: European Art & Design at RMIT since 1945 installation view, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 2019.

ROBERT OWEN spoke yesterday at A Bauhaus Impact at RMIT at RMIT Gallery, as part of the public programs for Melbourne Modern: European Art & Design at RMIT since 1945.

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus school of art and design in Germany, curators Jane Eckett and Harriet Edquist, and artists Emily Floyd, and Robert Owen will be considering the extent to which Bauhaus principles impacted the teaching of art, architecture and design at RMIT.Robert Owen, 'Melbourne Modern: European Art & Design at RMIT since 1945' installation view, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 2019.

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

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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.

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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'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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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. 

Read the interview here

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, 

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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'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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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