James Owens

Overview

James Owens’ work depicts imagined folk-like scenes, largely inspired by his upbringing spent between the countryside and a Yorkshire fisherman’s village. His work gathers past, present and imagined scenes to form new narratives, blurring the boundaries between memory and contemplation. The works offer moments of liminality which draw from external visual references such as Robert Eggers’ film The Lighthouse. Nature and its mysteries also come to play, revealed through sunflowers which sway sinisterly and knowing eyes which seem to have it all sussed out. Meanwhile, curling blades of grass peer curiously across the canvas, weighed down by water droplets, drooping as though upset. Similarly, the sea has a life of its own, a shadowy, hypnotic field of water pulsing with creatures and lost buoys. Though inherently figurative, it isn’t hard to feel like nature has the upper hand in Owens’ works.

Works
  • James Owens, AFTER 'WITCHES' FLIGHT', 2021
    James Owens
    AFTER 'WITCHES' FLIGHT', 2021
    Ink on paper
    29.7 x 21 cm
    11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
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  • James Owens, PIGGY IN THE MUD, 2021
    James Owens
    PIGGY IN THE MUD, 2021
    Ink on paper
    29.7 x 21 cm
    11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
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  • James Owens, FOREST LUNGS, 2019
    James Owens
    FOREST LUNGS, 2019
    Oil on canvas
    70 x 50 cm
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  • James Owens, KINDLY LIGHT, 2020
    James Owens
    KINDLY LIGHT, 2020
    Oil and acrylic on linen canvas
    150 x 130 cm
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  • James Owens, ONE LOOK DOWN THE WISHING WELL AND I'LL NEVER TELL, 2020
    James Owens
    ONE LOOK DOWN THE WISHING WELL AND I'LL NEVER TELL, 2020
    Oil and acrylic on linen canvas
    46 x 38 cm
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  • James Owens, THE GOOSE OF GOOSE GREEN , 2020
    James Owens
    THE GOOSE OF GOOSE GREEN , 2020
    Oil and gouache on canvas
    30 x 40 cm
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  • James Owens, THE LIGHTHOUSE, 2020
    James Owens
    THE LIGHTHOUSE, 2020
    Gouache, acrylic and oil on canvas
    80 x 90 cm
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  • James Owens, TWO IN A BED, 2021
    James Owens
    TWO IN A BED, 2021
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    60 x 50 cm
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  • James Owens, WHALE SKIN , 2020
    James Owens
    WHALE SKIN , 2020
    Oil and acrylic on linen
    33 x 41 cm
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  • James Owens, SPROUTING DAISY, 2021
    James Owens
    SPROUTING DAISY, 2021
    Sprouting Daisy
    Oil on canvas

    30 x 40 cm
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Press
Exhibitions