Michael Owens - Fine Artist

Michael Owens

Nashville, GA - United States

 
 
 

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Michael Owens

Nashville, GA - United States

Michael Owens - Fine Artist

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About Michael Owens

Hello, my name is Michael Owens. I'm a forty eitght year old African American contemporary artist. Despite my age I'm actually new to the art game even though Iíve dreamed of being a professional artist my whole life. Over the years Iíve held a variety of jobs;dental assistant, factory worker, farm laborer, civil drafter, architecture student and the list goes on. Some of these experiences were good, while some of them sucked. I can truthfully say that I learned something valuable each and every time. Life experience plays a huge role in my work. So you could say I was busy learning my future craft. While holding these jobs I never totally abandoned the dream, but didn't do much to make it happen either.

Like most of us I was afraid to pursue my dreams. I suffered from several fears: fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of starvation, fear of rejection and not knowing how or where to begin. But the main reason was thinking that Iíll never be good enough, at least not good enough to actually earn a living as an artist. At one point I was tempted to quit because I didnít see a future in it for me. Making art seemed like a big waste of time. Let me say again I never stopped loving art I just wasnít sure it would ever love me back.

Since childhood social/ political art has been my favorite. As a small child I remember reading an illustrated storybook about the life of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. I have no idea where it came from nor could I locate it now, but I canít tell youhow much that book helped to inspire a love of history and art that survives tothis day. In those pages I could feel his thirst for knowledge and his love of freedom, the two things that drive my work today. However politics is not the only thing that inspires me. I find inspiration in my family, my community, people Iíve met and places Iíve been. My artistic heroes include well known contemporary African American artists like Kehinde Wiley, Michael Ray Charles, and Kara Walker as well as historical political artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros, Kerry James Marshall, Jacob Lawrence and Faith Ringgold.

Iíve been told that my work is too political to sell and some of the imagery is potentially offensive and disturbing. Bu tyou know what? At this point really I don't give a damn. Iím dedicated to making, meaningful, inspiring art that manages to be unique, tell a story and pull no punches. That being said, I invite you to view my work with an open mind and open heart. Hopefully you will laugh,cry, get angry or whatever. All I ask is for is an honest reaction.

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Keven Reynolds - Drummer Man

Drummer Man

by Keven Reynolds was favorited by Michael Owens on 07/25/2014

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by Jim Fitzpatrick was favorited by Michael Owens on 07/25/2014

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Safe

by Tyrone Geter was favorited by Michael Owens on 07/22/2014

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Peacock in Isola...

by Jennie Breeze was favorited by Michael Owens on 07/22/2014

Joaquin Abella Ojeda - Christ woman of China.

Christ woman of China.

by Joaquin Abella Ojeda was favorited by Michael Owens on 06/02/2014

Ramon Martinez - Jesus Christ Portrait

Jesus Christ Portrait

by Ramon Martinez was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/29/2014

P J Lewis - Lady sings the blues

Lady sings the blues

by P J Lewis was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/21/2014

Everett Spruill - Take Five  2013

Take Five 2013

by Everett Spruill was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/21/2014

 Andy Tate - The Slave

The Slave

by Andy Tate was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/12/2014

Joseph J Stevens - Yearning-Spirit Rising

Yearning-Spirit Rising

by Joseph J Stevens was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/07/2014

Walter Neal - Baltimore

Baltimore's Wall Of...

by Walter Neal was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/07/2014

Everett Spruill - The Blues People - 1997

The Blues People - 1997

by Everett Spruill was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/07/2014

Brett Sixtysix - The Real Reason I Went To Jail

The Real Reason I Went...

by Brett Sixtysix was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/04/2014

Thomas Acey - Roadside Silo

Roadside Silo

by Thomas Acey was favorited by Michael Owens on 04/14/2014

Yvonne Swain - Synergy In Red

Synergy In Red

by Yvonne Swain was favorited by Michael Owens on 04/14/2014

Yvonne Swain - Lady in Solitude

Lady in Solitude

by Yvonne Swain was favorited by Michael Owens on 04/14/2014

Yvonne Swain - Street of Color

Street of Color

by Yvonne Swain was favorited by Michael Owens on 04/14/2014

Michael Lang -

' Jury of Eight '

by Michael Lang was favorited by Michael Owens on 03/07/2014

Andy Heavens - Don

Don't be afraid of the...

by Andy Heavens was favorited by Michael Owens on 05/02/2013

Larry Poncho Brown - Celebrate Freedom

Celebrate Freedom

by Larry Poncho Brown was favorited by Michael Owens on 04/04/2013

Maria Arango - Obama

Obama

by Maria Arango was favorited by Michael Owens on 03/25/2013

Jacque Hudson - I Don

I Don't Wanna be a Tree

by Jacque Hudson was favorited by Michael Owens on 03/22/2013

Jerry LoFaro - Face Off

Face Off

by Jerry LoFaro was favorited by Michael Owens on 03/22/2013

Aaron S Bedell - Kangri Twilight

Kangri Twilight

by Aaron S Bedell was favorited by Michael Owens on 03/22/2013