Artist StatementMichael Owen is a contemporary painter who's work is found in galleries as well as on the streets. Visually, Michael's work uses bold, graphic imagery which pulls the viewer into the piece, to divulge softer and intimate messages and metaphors. While Michael's work could be classified as figurative, it's subtle compositional details and and deep messages ring true of a more conceptual genre. Typically, less is more in Michael's work as he employs minimalism to access a wider audience, allowing room for each viewer to insert their own story. His most recent body of work, titled "Disassemble", include his largest hung paintings to date which, upon unveiling were presented with two murals installed specifically for the show. Stylistically, "Disassemble" adheres to his recognizable minimal and graphic style, while exploring more abstract and painterly qualities than in previous works. Conceptually, the series looks at our desire and internal struggle for perfection. Michael is also the artist behind one of the nation's largest murals, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Covering both sides of a quarter-mile underpass, Michael utilized a painting of a parade to showcase the particular ways in which the wall's two adjacent neighborhoods celebrate community. As both ends come together, the imagery looks at the similarities of the neighborhoods. A current resident of Baltimore, Michael lives with his wife and son in an old rowhome near the water.
Michael Owen currently lives in SE Baltimore with his wife Shelley and son Harper. After receiving his BFA in Illustration from Marlyand Institute College of Art, in 2004, Michael quickly gravitated to large scale paintings and murals. Michael loves wrapping the viewer up in an image and drawing them into another world. Michael creates work for the gallery crowd as well as the everyday person, passing by one of his murals.