F . J O H N O W E N
& F I O N A O W E N
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FOR BOTH OUR PAST WORK - HOME PAGE
AND FOR PAINTINGS FOR SALE.
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HAVING LIVED AND PAINTED AT THE OLD CHAPEL FOR 35 YEARS, WE HAvE MOVED TO A SEASIDE STUDIO IN CORNWALL, TO BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER IN OUR LIVES, NEAR OUR DAUGHTER AND GRAND-CHILDREN.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR VISITORS AND LOYAL SUPPORTERS OVER THE PAST YEARS. WE HOPE YOU'LL VISIT US IN CORNWALL, We will be able to provide more information soon about our current work and exhibitions.
F I O N A O W E N -
'DRAWING OUT THE DREAMING' - FILMS
FIONA'S BEAUTIFUL, INFORMATIVE FILMS ON ART, THE OLD CHAPEL GARDEN AND HERBALISM
ARE ON YOU TUBE:
EACH MONTH FROM MAY TO NOVEMBER 2021- AVAILABLE TO VIEW
John & Fiona Owen lived and worked at the Old Chapel in the 'Golden Valley' near Stroud for over thirty-five years. It is where they brought up two children who are also artists now. Every year they have had the task of preparing the studio for the annual exhibition entails much effort (including a feather duster and paint brush on a thirty foot pole! ). Up until two year's ago the garden was opened for charity (over £17,000 raised); it drew a great deal of interest and was featured on TV and magazines worldwide. During the summer months the Owens toured Europe with their children and sketch-books, until they settled on a small, more permanent place in le Marche Italy, where they have a tiny studio under a fig tree.
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A B O U T T H E A R T I S T :
I L L U M I N A T I O N S
For information about the 'Five Valleys Herbal' go to: www.weedsintheheart.org.uk
Also to see more about Fiona's Herbal Apprentice path go to: www.insightherbalism.org.uk
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A B O U T T H E A R T I S T :
I N S P I R A T I O N
Light, air and transience infuse John's paintings. The challenge is to create a sense of space, depth and atmosphere from paint, transforming an ordinary, everyday scene into an extraordinary moment of vision. John paints in both oils and water-colours, making detailed sketches from life, wherever his travels take him, then working up his paintings in the studio. The paint is often worked into or scratched, creating a textured finish and another dimension. Igniting light in a two dimensional painting by manipulating base pigment is an alchemy that has engaged artists through the centuries and is still an aim of painters whether figurative or abstract in style Portraying the landscape figuratively is a tradition that has a rich heritage and still resonates.
Paintings of our contemporary landscape can be capable of divining something deeper than
mere representation, to stir the emotions, to create a modern vision of landscape which is still a
potent part of today's contemporary painting.
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S A L E 2 0 2 2
Below is a slide show of some of the paintings in the 2022 exhibition
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2020 fiona owen's ' Amanita muscaria plant spirit-medicine cabinet
The inspiration for the Amanita Muscaria Plant-Spirit-Medicine cabinet (above) has evolved over many years, initially ignited by studying the behind-the-scenes specimen drawers of the Natural History Museum, whilst a student, then deepened by more than forty years of growing, studying and journeying with plants in my process of Drawing Out the Dreaming. My chosen path as an Awenddion (the Welsh Druid caste who gained insight and inspiration through dreams and visions) focuses my fascination with plant-alchemy, symbolism, plant folk-lore, seer-ship and Magical Herbalism. By portraying the subject, its medicine and the interconnected web of wild-life associated with it, weaving in myriad layers of potent symbolism, the specific intention of my work is to capture the essence and spirit of the chosen plant/tree/mushroom, in order to honour the deep healing ability of Nature and summon a living invocation of the ancient Green Magic of The Land. I hope to develop this project into an on-going series of Invocation cabinets, each one focusing on a different plant/tree/mushroom.
TO SEE EXAMPLES OF PAST PAINTINGS
HOME TAB - TOP LEFT OF SITE
'WEEDS IN THE HEART'
The second hardback edition of Fiona's new book
'A FIVE VALLEYS HERBAL',
written by Nathaniel Hughes,
a limited edition, signed cloth-bound edition
is also available.
For more information about the book visit
THE BOOK CAN BE BOUGHT AT:
F JOHN OWEN AND FIONA OWEN'S
WORK CAN NOW BE SEEN ALL
THROUGH THE YEAR AT :
'THE LION HOUSE GALLERY'
12 HIGH ST, LAVENHAM , SUFFOLK , CO10 9PR
TEL; 01787 249616
Open 11 - 5 (closed Wed & Thurs)
F I O N A ' S P A I N T E D G L O B E
EXHIBITED AT THE
THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, LONDON
EXHIBITION OF GLOBES
Fiona worked on her 'Terra Incognita' globe for nearly two years.
This is a development from an exhibition in which she had explored alternative reality of Dream Time. The migrating spiral of flying creatures represents a vivid dream in which she saw all the birds of the air migrating in a southerly direction. The gilded lines that criss-cross the globe emanate from the fingertips of the bird-headed Shaman at the equator and represent the Anglo Saxon concept of the web of Wyrd which they believed connects every living thing.
FEATURES, ARTICLES & TELEVISION:
TV: BBC 'COUNTRYFILE', BBC 'GARDENER'S WORLD', ITV 'ROOTS AND SHOOTS'
MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS: GARDEN'S ILLUSTRATED, SATURDAY TIMES SUPPLEMENT, COUNTRY LIVING (twice), HOMES AND GARDENS, HOUSE AND GARDENS, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING,
COTSWOLD LIFE (twice), LONDON EVENING STANDARD SUPPLEMENT USA COUNTRY LIVING, USA VICTORIA MAGAZINE,WOMAN AND HOME, SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE, THE ENGLISH GARDEN, PERIOD HOUSE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE TODAY, ETC
BOOKS: GREAT COTSWOLD GARDENS David Hicks, DREAM GARDENS Andrew Lawson, CREATING A GARDEN Mary Keen ETC
Medici Society Gallery, London, UK ( from 1981 to 1991)
Sagert Gallery, Berlin, GER
Nailsworth Gallery, Berlin, GER
Nevill Gallery, Bath, UK
Lane Gallery, Key West, USA
Diva Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Diva Gallery, Long Island, NY, USA
Southshore Art Center, Boston, USA
John exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for ten years from 1984.
SEE BOTTOM OF THIS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF FREDDIE OWEN - WRITER
F R E D D I E O W E N
' W H A T H O ! G I O T T O '
The long summer visits to Italy, its landscape, people and culture (and vino!) have inspired F. John Owen to start writing under the pen-name Freddie Owen.
"There suddenly seemed to be the time and energy to try a different kind of creative activity and I have found writing very enjoyable and engaging; it's the culmination of years of ideas and thoughts and 'getting it all down' has proved very cathartic."
There are two books: 'What Ho! Giotto' is an autobiographical tale of a lifetime of painting and gardens, and the fufillment of a dream by creating a studio and garden in Italy. It has a sketch at the start of each chapter taken from drawing books that were made during his family's travels in Italy. The paperback version now has 20 B/W illustrations going back thirty years to his early paintings. ( above is one of the pencil illustrations)
The second book; 'THE WOODSTOCK TALES' was inspired by a friend at art school who went to Woodstock Festival in the back of a dark truck; throughout the night they told each other stories and swore to stay together through the weekend event... however when the doors opened, they fell into the 500,000 strong crowd and disappeared. They only knew each other by voice and none of them ever met again. This story is a retelling of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but now with a bunch of hippies, a Vietnam veteran, a black Reverend, soft-porn merchant, a woman's libber etc. in a van on the way to the Woodstock festival, 1969.
' What Ho! Giotto' is available as a paperback from www.Lulu.com and both books available from Amazon as both paperbacks and Kindle ebooks.
GO TO LINK : http://freddieowen.weebly.com
All text and images copyright © John and Fiona Owen 2009