Born Sydney, Australia 1937
Robert Owen’s practice traverses painting, sculpture and installation, offering poetic and spiritual references. His abstract objects, installations and images, the rigorously minimal sculptures and vibrant, colourful abstract paintings, convey Owen’s interest in geometry and mathematics, and are intended to generate emotional responses.
After studying at the National Art School, Sydney (1962), Owen visited the Greek Islands. His experiences there, including the brilliant effects of the light, remained with him. The speechless full moon comes out for now (for Akio) was created as part of a tribute to the sculptor Akio Makigawa (1948–1999) and comprises a number of panels that can be arranged in any configuration. This flexibility adds an interactive dimension to the work, imbuing it with limitless possibilities for installation and positioning it in a transitional zone between painting and sculpture.
Owen, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1978, and in 2002 received an Australia Council Emeritus Award for life-long service to the arts. During his career he has held numerous solo exhibitions in London, Melbourne and Sydney, including Different Lights Cast Different Shadows, a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2004).
Owen is represented in public and private collections in Australia and worldwide, including the British Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Olympic Sculpture Park, Seoul, Korea and the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan.