Emerging in the 1960s, contemporary Australian artist Robert Owen’s work traverses a range of mediums and contexts, from painting, sculpture, photography and installation, to public art and architectural commissions. His often colourful work is grounded in geometry and abstraction, showcasing influences drawn from philosophy and psychology, science and mathematics, music and literature.
Now a major monograph showcases the breadth of his career. Robert Owen—A Book of Encounters, made in collaboration with Owen and his studio, unpacks six decades of the artist’s archives, offering deep insight into a figure long at the forefront of contemporary art in Australia.
The talk coincides with Blue Over Time, the first museum survey of Owen’s practice for twenty years. On display at Heide until May 23, the exhibition encompasses his work from the 1960s and 1970s when living in Greece and London, along with more recent paintings and sculptural installations.
On May 8 Owen will appear at Heide to chat about the journey of producing A Book of Encounters, in discussion with studio manager Angela Connor and book designers Stuart Geddes and Paul Mylecharane. Museum admission and a glass of wine are included in the ticket price.
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