Owen Brown

Art Form(s)

Installation, Painting



[email protected]

I am interested in collaborative work.


Artist Statement

I don’t know how I will finish when I start, except that there is something within that I want to express, something that I want to build, something that I want to say. Painting is not the same as speech, even when figural. We leap to story, but it is the story behind the story, behind speech, that is my subject matter. Consider: “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” And “Where danger lies, there deliverance also grows.” I was trained to paint every day, yet, the artist himself must wait for something to happen. Stillness is as important as action. On my good days I am a painter. On my best moments, I am someone who is trying to uncover and describe something new, so that we can have it within our range of humanity. That should be enough.

Owen Brown CV

I studied at California College of Arts in Oakland, California, and I have degrees from Yale and the University of Chicago. For many years I supported my art and my family by working as an entrepreneur in the Bay Area. After 30 years in San Francisco, I moved to Minneapolis in 2016.

I have exhibited in juried shows and solo exhibits throughout the United States. My works have been acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Nature Conservancy, and the Weisman Museum of Minneapolis, and can be found in collections in this country, Europe, and Asia. I had residencies at Air Le Parc in France in 2017, and at the Land Institute in Kansas in 2018, where I created my first installation: “Units of Measure.”

My art has been reviewed in The San Francisco Chronicle, Vostos, the Exeter Bulletin, The Land Report, A2, and Paragon. Meridian Gallery Press published a monograph of my work for the opening of my show “Ideasthesia.” My work was also included in the Society for Art Publications of the America’s final publication: “Trees of the Field.”

I am represented nationally by Holly Hunt and Art Force, and I show regionally at Veronique Wantz and Grand Hand.

I was an invitee at Art Prize Nine and invited to show at the now-cancelled 2020 Kochi Biennale, in Kochi, India.

Recent and Upcoming Exhibits

Minneapolis- St Paul International Airport, Terminal One
January – December 2021

“Foot in the Door”
Minnesota Institute of Art
Minneapolis, MN
November – January 2021

“Trees and Fields”
Contemporary Art Room (online)
November – December, 2020

“The Alternative Eye” SOLO
Grand Hand
October - November, 2020
St Paul, MN

“The New Not Normal”
The Millyard
September – November, 2020
Minneapolis, MN

The Art Guild of Port Washington (online)
August – September, 2020
Long Island, NY

“Art in the Time of Quarantine”
The Art Center Highland Park (online)
June – August, 2020
Chicago, IL

Grey Cube Gallery (online)
August, 2020

Treat Gallery (online)
New York, New York
June – July, 2020

“The Triptychs” SOLO (delayed)
Veronique Wantz
Minneapolis, MN

“Beauty, like a dial-hand” SOLO (delayed)
Isles Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Art at Bridgewater
Minneapolis, MN
January – April, 2020

Works on Paper
Webster Arts
St. Louis, MO

The Ghouta Triptych
Minneapolis Convention Center

Winter Salon
Veronique Wantz
Minneapolis, MN

“A Journey to Knowing”
Banfill Locke Art Center
Fridley, MN

“We’re Here for the Time Being”: SOLO Exhibit
Isles Studio
Minneapolis, MN

The Land Institute
Salina, KS

“Near and Far”
Silverwood Gallery
St. Anthony, MN

The Collectors Show
Grand Rapids, MI

“Art on Paper”
Circle Gallery
Annapolis, MD

The Milll Yard Inaugural
Minneapolis, MN

Press and Public Presentations
Ideasthesia reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle
Sep. 2015 http://tinyurl.com/gufxtvq

Interviewed for Art Force podcast
July 2016 hhttp://tinyurl.com/hrecenw

Interview in Paragon, June 2017

Profile in the Exeter Bulletin, Winter 2018 https://tinyurl.com/y8h2entq

Featured Artist, A5 (#10) February, 2018 Artist’s talk: The Mill Yard March, 2018

Artist’s talk: The Phillips Exeter Academy April, 2018

Featured Artist, Nostos (Vol. 2, No. 1) April, 2018

“Units of Measure” reviewed in The Salina Journal, October
2018 https://tinyurl.com/y9qxweph

Featured Artist, The Land Report, issue 122 Fall, 2018

Artist’s Talk: Banfill-Locke Museum, June, 2019
I am happy to do crits for other artists.

Work Samples

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