Photo: Elizabeth Meyer

Photo: Elizabeth Meyer

About my Work

“My work is largely inspired by the lines and shapes of both urban and coastal landscapes, and at times, reference current political realities. For me, subtle texture, collage, layering, flat forms and color are markers for the personal and psychological experience of the subject.

My art practice is influenced by both abstraction and post-minimalism, particularly aspects related to nature, materiality, and the subconscious. These have power and drive my process.”

MEET TOM

"I have been making art all of my life. Growing up I had an endless supply of paper, pencils, and paints always at the ready on a small card table in the corner of the living room. In high school, I took over a part of the family garage as my studio.  My father could build anything and my mother was a talented seamstress and artist.  From them I learned that if something doesn’t work, you keep learning and trying. Seriously, what great parents!

What does this have to do with my art? I embrace a “discipline of accident,” using whatever happens on the canvas in my process. Making marks and forms I create intuitive, layered abstracts, often collaging dried paint that I peel and scrape from old palettes, onto my paintings.”

After a 2017 studio visit, Raphaela Platow, Director and Chief Curator of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, OH, commented, “I love that Tom is not afraid to embrace and use color; his paintings are so hopeful.” Tom’s work has been shown in several US cities including New York, Miami, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, and in the San Francisco Bay Area; it is in private and corporate collections across the US. He holds a B.S. in English literature and a M.A. in psychology both of which inform his art making.

Tom and his husband live in their Victorian home in Northern Kentucky across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, OH with Mavis, a Norwich Terrier and Blanche, a rescued West Highland White Terrier. He’s happy to hear from anyone who would like to know more about his work.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2019

46th Annual Winter Juried Show Honorable Mention Award Duxbury Art Association Art Complex Museum Duxbury, MA

Artfields, Juried Exhibition of artists from the Southeast United States     Lake City, SC Artist Interview

Art Santa Fe, with OPUS Art Collective managed by Jen Tough Gallery, International Group Exhibition    Santa Fe, NM

  Blink Art Resource Invitational Artist Showcase ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH

“Red,” Juried Group Exhibition   Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute IN

Abstract Artist of the Year Award, "Art Comes Alive," International Juried Group Exhibition (exhibiting since 2012)     ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH

2018

"After Dark," Juried Group Exhibition   Arts Benicia, Benicia CA  

Blink Art Resource Invitational Artist Showcase     ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH

Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Label Competition, Finalist

Art Santa Fe, with OPUS Art Collective managed by Jen Tough Gallery, International Group Exhibition    Santa Fe, NM 

2017  

"Guilty Pleasures," Juried Group Exhibition     Jen Tough Gallery, Vallejo, CA     

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series    Regional Semi-finalist and Online winner

Blink Art / ADC 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Invitational Group Exhibition     ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH

ArtExpo New York, International Group Exhibition     New York City NY

"Contemporaries," Invitational Group Exhibition     Greenwich House Galley, Cincinnati OH

2016   

Honorable Mention Award, "Pastel 100", International Juried Competition,     Pastel Journal

"Black and White," Juried Group Exhibition     Pop Revolution Gallery, Mason, OH

2015    

SPECTRUM Miami, International Group Exhibition     Miami FL

Abstract Artist of the Year Award, "Art Comes Alive" International Juried Exhibition     ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH

2014    

Honorable Mention Award, International Juried Exhibition      World Wide Art, Los Angeles CA

2013    

Finalist, 30th Annual Art Competition      The Artist's Magazine

PARADE, Juried Group Exhibition      Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Covington KY

2008

Solo Exhibition     University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

SOS ART 08, Group Exhibition     Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

2005    

"Visions IX," International Juried Exhibition     The Cathedral Gallery, Covington KY

2004    

Solo Exhibition     The Cathedral Gallery, Covington KY

2003    

“Figures,” Juried Group Exhibition     Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Covington KY

2000    

Juried Group Exhibition     The Cinergy Foundation, Cincinnati OH

2000    

The Big Pig Gig      ARTWORKS public art project, Cincinnati OH

ARTICLES, BOOKS, & INTERVIEWS

Burns, Roberta & Shady, Holly, eds.; ARTFIELDS 2019 “The Exhibition”, 2019, Lake City, SC

Spanos, Litsa, ed., BLINK “Your Art Resource” a juried catalog of professional artists, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Cross, Rebecca, “Artist Spotlight: Tom Owen Says Truth Has Power to Scatter Darkness”, SCNow Morning News. May 1, 2019

Spanos, Litsa, Secrets of the Art World. 2017.