Carl Owen

“There is a knife’s edge between order and chaos, style and ability, realism and abstraction. There is something deep inside us that instinctively knows and desires ownership of objects of beauty. After all words are spent, the art must stand alone. To make that object of beauty is my life quest.”

Rhapsody of Chaos - Pallet knife oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.

American artist, Carl Owen has had many roles in life. He has earned an A.A. degree in applied arts, a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in correctional counseling. He has received several awards of achievement throughout his life careers. Among all the awards received while employed, he considers the award for writing and directing an administrative bulletin for the California Department of Corrections that actually saved lives and a New Mexico Corrections Department policy and procedure that brought the Mental Health Bureau treatment practices into policy compliance within 90 days as the most important ones.

Carl has been a marine, a steelworker, a correctional officer, lieutenant, counselor, court liaison officer, drug treatment program designer/director, senior trainer at UCSD, an adjunct professor and an Assistant Mental Health Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Given the above-mentioned life roles, Carl Owen is an artist. He has always been an artist and shall always be an artist. His first painting was done on Christmas day after receiving his first art set at age four. His last painting has not yet been produced. Carl's artistic approach considers that there is a knife’s edge between order and chaos, between style and ability, between realism and abstraction. He believes there is something deep inside that instinctively knows, appreciates and desires ownership of objects of beauty. After all words, excuses and rationale vanish, it is the work of art alone commanding the viewer to accept or reject it. His efforts are aimed at making a work of art that commands attention. This is his life’s quest.

Eternal Beauty II - Brush work oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Bare Foot Dancer - Brush work oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.
Grand Canyon IV - Pallet knife & Brush work oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Gaia - Brush work oil on canvas 16 x 20 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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